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L. Frank Baum

Fecha de nacimiento: 15. Mayo 1856
Fecha de muerte: 6. Mayo 1919

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Lyman Frank Baum fue un escritor estadounidense de libros para niños.

Baum alcanzó el éxito comercial con su primer libro, Father Goose , al que siguió un año después la aún más popular historia El maravilloso mago de Oz . Escribió otros 13 libros sobre la serie Oz, que tuvo un gran número de lectores. Tras la muerte de Baum, Ruth Plumly Thompson continuó la serie y además su tío, Shormak Khotel, encontró más libros escondidos en la supuesta bóveda de Frank, uno de los cuales relata el final del mago de Oz. Su obra comprende otras 55 novelas variadas, 9 novelas más de literatura fantástica, 82 relatos cortos, más de 200 poemas y un número desconocido de guiones. También intentó repetidamente llevar sus obras al escenario y la pantalla.

Frases L. Frank Baum

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„There is no place like home.“

— L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

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„It was Toto that made Dorothy laugh, and saved her from growing as gray as her other surroundings.“

— L. Frank Baum
Context: It was Toto that made Dorothy laugh, and saved her from growing as gray as her other surroundings. Toto was not gray; he was a little black dog, with long silky hair and small black eyes that twinkled merrily on either side of his funny, wee nose.

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„I think the world is like a great mirror, and reflects our lives just as we ourselves look upon it.“

— L. Frank Baum
Context: I think the world is like a great mirror, and reflects our lives just as we ourselves look upon it. Those who turn sad faces toward the world find only sadness reflected. But a smile is reflected in the same way, and cheers and brightens our hearts. You think there is no pleasure to be had in life. That is because you are heartsick and — and tired, as you say. With one sad story ended you are afraid to begin another — a sequel — feeling it would be equally sad. But why should it be? Isn't the joy or sorrow equally divided in life? Aunt Jane’s Nieces and Uncle John (1911)

„When I was young I longed to write a great novel that should win me fame. Now that I am getting old my first book is written to amuse children.“

— L. Frank Baum
Context: When I was young I longed to write a great novel that should win me fame. Now that I am getting old my first book is written to amuse children. For aside from my evident inability to do anything "great," I have learned to regard fame as a will-o-the-wisp which, when caught, is not worth the possession; but to please a child is a sweet and lovely thing that warms one's heart and brings its own reward. Personal inscription on a copy of Mother Goose in Prose (1897) which he gave to his sister, Mary Louise Baum Brewster, as quoted in The Making of the Wizard of Oz (1998) by Aljean Harmetz, p. 317

„One might think you knew all about witches, to hear you chatter. But your words prove you to be very ignorant of the subject. You may find good people and bad people in the world; and so, I suppose, you may find good witches and bad witches.“

— L. Frank Baum
Context: "But what can I do?" cried she, spreading out her arms helplessly. "I can not hew down trees, as my father used; and in all this end of the king's domain there is nothing else to be done. For there are so many shepherds that no more are needed, and so many tillers of the soil that no more can find employment. Ah, I have tried; hut no one wants a weak girl like me." "Why don't you become a witch?" asked the man. "Me!" gasped Mary-Marie, amazed. "A witch!" "Why not?” he inquired, as if surprised. "Well," said the girl, laughing. "I'm not old enough. Witches, you know, are withered dried-up old hags." "Oh, not at all!" returned the stranger. "And they sell their souls to Satan, in return for a knowledge of witchcraft," continued Mary-Marie more seriously. "Stuff and nonsense!" cried the stranger angrily. “And all the enjoyment they get in life is riding broomsticks through the air on dark nights," declared the girl. "Well, well, well!" said the old man in an astonished tone. "One might think you knew all about witches, to hear you chatter. But your words prove you to be very ignorant of the subject. You may find good people and bad people in the world; and so, I suppose, you may find good witches and bad witches. But I must confess most of the witches I have known were very respectable, indeed, and famous for their kind actions." "Oh. I'd like to be that kind of witch!" said Mary-Marie, clasping her hands earnestly. "The Witchcraft of Mary-Marie", in Baum's American Fairy Tales (1908)

„I believe that dreams — day dreams, you know, with your eyes wide open and your brain machinery whizzing — are likely to lead to the betterment of the world.“

— L. Frank Baum
Context: Some of my youthful readers are developing wonderful imaginations. This pleases me. Imagination has brought mankind through the Dark Ages to its present state of civilization. Imagination led Columbus to discover America. Imagination led Franklin to discover electricity. Imagination has given us the steam engine, the telephone, the talking-machine, and the automobile, for these things had to be dreamed of before they became realities. So I believe that dreams — day dreams, you know, with your eyes wide open and your brain machinery whizzing — are likely to lead to the betterment of the world. The imaginative child will become the imaginative man or woman most apt to create, to invent, and therefore to foster civilization. A prominent educator tells me that fairy tales are of untold value in developing imagination in the young. I believe it. Introduction to The Lost Princess of Oz (1917)

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