American Experience: American Oz (Frank L. Baum Documentary)



  • Did anyone else watch the documentary that aired this week? It was a revelation to learn of Baum's life's experience (marketing, stage acting, reporting in a frontier town) and influences (his mother-in-law's views on feminism and theosophy) went into making The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. It proves our best writing and art comes from what we know. And it's okay to fail, alot (so long as you have family wealth to fall back on 😝)

    In case you missed it, watch the full episode on PBS (expires 5/18/21)
    https://www.pbs.org/video/american-oz-cvqd3p



  • I have a DVD copy of this documentary. It's a great insight into his work. And yeah...the wealth definitely allowed him to fail a bit more easily 😹


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