Frank Baum Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)


Baum, Harry Neal. “‘My Father Was The Wizard of Oz’: Memories and Anecdotes of a Famous Father.” Baum Bugle 29, no. 2 (autumn 1985): 6-10.

Memoir of Baum, based on a lecture the author gave at the North Shore Chapter of Theta Sigma Psi Journalism Society and the Cliff Dwellers Club, both in Chicago, in 1961.


Earle, Neil. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in American Popular Culture: Uneasy in Eden. Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press, 1993, 227 p.

Examines the Oz phenomenon in the United States throughout the twentieth century.

McMaster, Juliet. “The Trinity Archetype in The Jungle Books and The Wizard of Oz.Children's Literature 20 (1992): 90-110.

Explores the significance of the main characters' three companion figures in each of the novels discussed.

St. John, Tom. “Lyman Frank Baum: Looking Back to the Promised Land.” Western Humanities Review 36, no. 4 (winter 1982): 349-60.

Analyzes the Gilded Age events and characteristics Baum symbolically explored and satirized in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Updike, John. “Oz is Us: Celebrating the Wizard's Centennial.” New Yorker (25 September 2000): 84-8.

Reviews events scheduled for the centennial celebration of the publication of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Westbrook, M. David. “Readers of Oz: Young and Old, Old and New Historicist.” Children's Literature Association Quarterly 21, no. 3 (fall 1996): 111-19.

Argues that in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Baum “was exploring the discourses that shaped the specific industry in which he made his living—the business of producing and reproducing texts.”

Additional coverage of Baum's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Children's Literature Review, Vol. 15; Contemporary Authors, Vol. 133; Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 22; Junior DISCovering Authors; Literature Resource Center; Major Authors and Illustrators for Children and Young Adults, Vols. 1, 2; Major 20th-Century Writers, Eds. 1, 2; Novels for Students, Vol. 13; Reference Guide to American Literature, Ed. 4; St. James Guide to Children's Writers, Vol. 5; St. James Guide to Fantasy Writers; Something about the Author, Vols. 18, 100; Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, Vol. 7; and Writers for Children.