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Lyman Frank Baum was the man who had written the Wizard of Oz The book began when his children asked him to tell them a story He told of a little Kansas girl who was carried away by a cyclone After he was done he wrote the story down because it seemed really good The name Wizard of Oz came when the children asked for the name of the town where Dorothy was carried Baum looked around the room and saw a file cabinet with the label O-Z and thats how the story began The next day he took his notes to W W Denslow who was a newspaper artist to ask him to make some illustrations for the book Then the two of them took the book to some publishers but no one would print the book At last they came apon George Hill who agreed to publish the book on the terms that Baum and Denslow would pay for the printing They agreed and paid for the printing with the royalties from the Father Goose books that Baum had written earlier The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was published on August 1 1900 The Oz book became one of the best sellers of all time It was later made into movies puppet shows and musicals Many of the characters in the Oz books came from Baum real life experiences as a child such as Billina the chicken and the scarecrow In 1881 Baum married Maud Gage Soon the two had a child Then after a failing business Maud and Frank moved to Aberdeen South Dakota where there was a gold rush There they opened a little store called Baums Bazaar There Baum would sit outside the store ant tell stories to children ignoring customers This business too soon failed At this time they had three children After that Baum had started a newspaper called The Aberdeen Saturday Pioneer
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