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Following a series of failed businesses, Lyman Frank Baum’s first success as an author came at age 41 with Mother Goose in Prose, published in 1897. He followed that with Father Goose: His Book, and in 1900 published The Wonderful Wizard of Oz to great acclaim. Baum wrote a large number of other fantasy books, travel books and novels for adults, and a series of books for girls under the pen name “Edith Van Dyne.” None equaled the popularity of his Oz books, and in 1911 Baum declared bankruptcy. He then decided to concentrate on the Oz series, and produced one Oz book per year until his death in 1919.

Fantasy Classics:
Graphic Classics Volume 15

144 pages, b&w, $10