L F Baum

L F Baum
Best known for his Oz novels, Lyman Frank Baum, was born on May 15, 1856, in Chittenango, New York, to Benjamin Ward Baum, a successful businessman who made his fortune in the oil fields of Pennsylvania, and Cynthia Stanton. He grew up on his parents' estate, Rose Lawn, and was tutored at home until, at the age of twelve, he joined the Peekskill Military Academy. Unable to withstand the school's harsh discipline and strenuous activity, he returned home after only two years. His father bought him a printing press and Baum, together with his younger brother, started his own newspaper, the Rose Lawn Home Journal, where he published articles, editorials, fiction and poetry. In 1880, his father built him a theatre in Richburg, and Baum started writing plays and directing his own acting company. While touring with his modestly successful play, The Maid of Arran, his theatre caught fire destroying not only the theatre but also the only copies of his manuscripts. On November 9, 1882, Baum Read More chevron_right