Picture missing the ball and chain attached to silver shoes.Lyman (long for "L.") Frank Baum
(May 15, 1856 – May 6, 1919) was an American author, best known for The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
— a work so popular that, in fact, he was chained to the series and wrote Oz book after Oz book while longing to write anything
else. Which helps explain what a Continuity Snarl
the Oz books are. Before being utterly trapped by Oz, he wrote a number of other works, such as The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus
Works by L. Frank Baum with their own trope pages include:
Other works by L. Frank Baum provide examples of:
- Author Appeal: Magic (he had a strong interest in Theosophy), strong and sensible female characters in positions of power (his wife and mother in law were suffragettes and proto-feminists).
- Cameo Prop: Baum died before MGM's version of The Wizard of Oz was filmed, but, in a remarkable coincidence, Frank Morgan as Professor Marvel wore a secondhand coat that turned out to have belonged to the author. (It's true; Snopes confirms it.)
- Cloud Cuckoo Land: A lot of his fictional countries, but especially Mo in The Magical Monarch of Mo. For point of reference, this is a place where the treatment for sore throat is to remove a person's neck, turn it inside out, put it out to cure, turn it right-side-in again, and put the person's neck back. You can also get out of a deep pit by pushing the side so hard it flips the pit upside-down so you're at the top, not the bottom.
- Level Ate
- Public Domain Character: Santa Claus.
- The Oz books are now public domain as well, at least those published before 1922, which includes all of Baum's work. Certain aspects from later books and adaptations are still copyrighted, most famously the 1939 film's Ruby Slippers.
- Santa Claus: The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus is a partial Trope Codifier for some of our modern Santa mythos.
- Wacky Wayside Tribe: The Oz books in particular are loaded with them.