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The Real Wizard of Oz - The Life and Times of L. Frank Baum

Rebecca Loncraine

A captivating biography of the eccentric author, filmmaker, and innovator, L. Frank Baum Enchanting generations of fans, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, first published in 1900, was written by a man whose life was nearly as adventurous as his heroine Dorothy's legendary trip. Ambitious and always drawn to the unconventional, L. Frank Baum was not just the author of more than sixty books; he was at the forefront of moving picture technology and championed women's rights. A unique celebration of Baum's life, The Real Wizard of Oz explores the eventful times in which Baum lived (1856-1919), which influenced nearly every aspect of the Oz tales - from the Civil War to Hollywood (which was emerging as a mecca for creative hopefuls) to the gulf between America's heartland, with its tornado alleys and its cities teeming with "Tin Man" factory workers. Baum, who died in 1919, two decades before MGM re-created his vision in eye-popping Technicolor, was a remarkable entrepreneur. He also developed the story for Broadway and created The Oz Film Manufacturing Company, convinced that he had found the perfect medium for children's stories - an audacious idea that made him a laughingstock among film distributors. Capturing the origins of an enterprise that continues to reach lucrative new heights - most recently with the smash success of Wicked - this audio book is a lively tour of a fascinating era and its most intriguing storyteller.

A captivating biography of the eccentric author, filmmaker, and innovator, L. Frank Baum Enchanting generations of fans, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, first published in 1900, was written by a man whose life was nearly as adventurous as his heroine Dorothy's legendary trip. Ambitious and always drawn to the unconventional, L. Frank Baum was not just the author of more than sixty books; he was at the forefront of moving picture technology and championed women's rights. A unique celebration of Baum's life, The Real Wizard of Oz explores the eventful times in which Baum lived (1856-1919), which influenced nearly every aspect of the Oz tales - from the Civil War to Hollywood (which was emerging as a mecca for creative hopefuls) to the gulf between America's heartland, with its tornado alleys and its cities teeming with "Tin Man" factory workers. Baum, who died in 1919, two decades before MGM re-created his vision in eye-popping Technicolor, was a remarkable entrepreneur. He also developed the story for Broadway and created The Oz Film Manufacturing Company, convinced that he had found the perfect medium for children's stories - an audacious idea that made him a laughingstock among film distributors. Capturing the origins of an enterprise that continues to reach lucrative new heights - most recently with the smash success of Wicked - this audio book is a lively tour of a fascinating era and its most intriguing storyteller.
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A captivating biography of the eccentric author, filmmaker, and innovator, L. Frank Baum Enchanting generations of fans, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, first published in 1900, was written by a man whose life was nearly as adventurous as his heroine Dorothy's legendary trip. Ambitious and always drawn to the unconventional, L. Frank Baum was not just the author of more than sixty books; he was at the forefront of moving picture technology and championed women's rights. A unique celebration of Baum's life, The Real Wizard of Oz explores the eventful times in which Baum lived (1856-1919), which influenced nearly every aspect of the Oz tales - from the Civil War to Hollywood (which was emerging as a mecca for creative hopefuls) to the gulf between America's heartland, with its tornado alleys and its cities teeming with "Tin Man" factory workers. Baum, who died in 1919, two decades before MGM re-created his vision in eye-popping Technicolor, was a remarkable entrepreneur. He also developed the story for Broadway and created The Oz Film Manufacturing Company, convinced that he had found the perfect medium for children's stories - an audacious idea that made him a laughingstock among film distributors. Capturing the origins of an enterprise that continues to reach lucrative new heights - most recently with the smash success of Wicked - this audio book is a lively tour of a fascinating era and its most intriguing storyteller.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Brooke Heldman

Length:

11h 35m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

09:16


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:59


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

12:49


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

18:54


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

21:12


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

26:40


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

22:21


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

26:54


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

28:36


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

18:02


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

30:43


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

15:54


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

21:13


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

19:06


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

36:48


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

34:37


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

31:34


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

26:20


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

38:03


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

35:03


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

30:20


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

20:38


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

14:34


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

27:47


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

34:36


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

24:44


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

34:47


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

30:21