Thank the internet for [Google] otherwise I wouldn’t have realized that it was the 71st avviversary of the historic movie based upon L. Frank Baum’s children’s novel, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” Seventy-one is a big number (one more than last years seventy), but is nothing compared to the number of works written and published by Baum.
Aside from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz L. Frank Baum wrote thirteen novel sequels, nine other fantasy novels, and a plethora of other works (55 novels in total (plus four “lost” novels), 82 short stories, over 200 poems, an unknown number of scripts, and many miscellaneous writings, and made numerous attempts to bring his works to the stage and screen.
Unfortunatley Baum never had the chance to see one of his greatest achievments brought to the silver screen. On May 5, 1919, Baum suffered from a stroke. He died quietly the next day, nine days short of his 63rd birthday. At the end he mumbled in his sleep, then said, “Now we can cross the Shifting Sands.” He was buried in Glendale’s Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery.