He Gave Us The Land of Oz.

THEY CREATED THE FICTIONAL CHARACTERS WE LOVED.

L. FRANK BAUM

After many years of failure in storekeeping, the theatre and advertising, L. Frank Baum hit the jackpot in 1900 when he and his partner W.W. Denslow published THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ.  The fanciful tale enjoyed immediate acclaim and Baum went on to write thirteen more Oz novels. Children were captivated by the people and places in Baum’s imaginary Land of Oz.  The frustrated door-to-door salesman who moonlighted as a novelist created a world that will probably delight generations of new readers forever.

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He Made Our Childhood Exciting.

THEY CREATED THE FICTIONAL CHARACTERS WE LOVED.

ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

Robert Louis Stevenson, wracked by crippling poverty and constant illness, fled America and returned to his native Scotland to recuperate. It was while in Scotland that Stevenson got the idea for TREASURE ISLAND from a map of an imaginary island hand-drawn by the author and his stepson one rainy afternoon.  The adventure story ran as “THE SEA COOK” in 18 magazine installments in 1881-1882.  It was later republished as TREASURE ISLAND and became an immediate critical and financial success.

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He Made London Come Alive.

THEY CREATED THE FICTIONAL CHARACTERS WE LOVED.

CHARLES DICKENS

Charles Dickens is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. Despite any formal education, Dickens edited a weekly journal for 20 years, wrote fifteen novels, five novellas, and hundreds of short stories and articles. His novel OLIVER TWIST offered an unromantic portrayal of criminals, as well as exposing the cruel treatment of London’s orphan population in the mid-nineteenth century.

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He Captured The Exotic Orient.

THEY CREATED THE FICTIONAL CHARACTERS WE LOVED.

RUDYARD KIPLING

Rudyard Kipling became one of the  most popular writers in the United Kingdom. His colorful novel THE JUNGLE BOOK was published in 1894. Over the years, the adventures of Mowgli The Jungle Boy and his wild animal friends have appeared in numerous adaptations and theatrical productions.

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He Gave Us Wonderful Alice.

THEY CREATED THE FICTIONAL CHARACTERS WE LOVED.

LEWIS CARROLL

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (writing as Lewis Carroll) told the highly imaginative story of Alice in Wonderland to three young girls while boating near Oxford, England in 1862.  The youngsters were quite enthralled by the tale and begged Dodgson to write it down. He went to work on it and in 1864 he gave a handwritten version of Alice’s story to Alice Pleasance, age 10, as a Christmas present.

by Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson),photograph,2 June 1857

by Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson),photograph,2 June 1857