15th May 1856
6th May 1919
yman Frank Baum known as L. Frank Baum, was an American author of children's books, best known for writing The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
In 1880, his father built him a theatre in Richburg, New York, and Baum set about writing plays and gathering a company to act in them. The Maid of Arran, a melodrama with songs based on William Black's novel A Princess of Thule, proved a modest success. Baum not only wrote the play but composed songs for it (making it a prototypical musical, as its songs relate to the narrative), and acted in the leading role.