PBS AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
Explore the life and times of author L. Frank Baum, the creator of one of the most beloved, enduring and classic American narratives. By 1900, when The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was published, Baum was 44 years old and had spent much of his life in restless pursuit of success.
With mixed results, he dove into a string of jobs- chicken breeder, actor, marketer of petroleum products, shopkeeper, newspaperman and traveling salesman. Baum continued to reinvent himself, reflecting a uniquely American brand of confidence, imagination and innovation.