You differ from the anchorite, That solitudinarian: With vollied prayers you wound Old Nick; With dropping shots he makes him sick.
He had GermanScots-Irish and English ancestry.
Baum grew up on his parents' expansive estate called Rose Lawn, which he fondly recalled as a sort of paradise. From the age of 12, he spent two miserable years at Peekskill Military Academy but, after being severely disciplined for daydreaming, he had a possibly psychogenic heart attack and was allowed to return home.
The brothers published several issues of the journal, including advertisements from local businesses, which they would give to family and friends for free.
He specialized in raising the Hamburg. In Marchhe established a monthly trade journal, The Poultry Record, and inwhen Baum was 30 years old, his first book was published: The Book of the Hamburgs: His selling of fireworks made the Fourth of July memorable. His skyrockets, Roman candles, and fireworks filled the sky, while many people around the neighborhood would gather in front of the house to watch the displays.
Christmas was even more festive. Baum dressed as Santa Claus for the family. His father would place the Christmas tree behind a curtain in the front parlor so that Baum could talk to everyone while he decorated the tree without people managing to see him. He maintained this tradition all his life.
Disillusioned, Baum left the theater — temporarily — and went to work as a clerk in his brother-in-law's dry goods company in Syracuse. This experience may have influenced his story "The Suicide of Kiaros", first published in the literary journal The White Elephant. A fellow clerk one day was found locked in a store room dead, probably from suicide.
Baum could never stay away long from the stage. He performed in plays under the stage names of Louis F. Baum and George Brooks. Baum wrote the play and composed songs for it making it a prototypical musicalas its songs relate to the narrativeand acted in the leading role.
His aunt Katharine Gray played his character's aunt. She was the founder of Syracuse Oratory School, and Baum advertised his services in her catalog to teach theater, including stage business, play writing, directing, translating French, German, and Italianrevision, and operettas.
While Baum was touring with The Maid of Arran, the theater in Richburg caught fire during a production of Baum's ironically titled parlor drama Matches, destroying the theater as well as the only known copies of many of Baum's scripts, including Matches, as well as costumes.
His habit of giving out wares on credit led to the eventual bankrupting of the store,  so Baum turned to editing the local newspaper The Aberdeen Saturday Pioneer where he wrote the column Our Landlady. Having wronged them for centuries, we had better, in order to protect our civilization, follow it up by one more wrong and wipe these untamed and untamable creatures from the face of the earth.
During much of this time, Matilda Joslyn Gage was living in the Baum household. Baum's newspaper failed inand he, Maud, and their four sons moved to the Humboldt Park section of Chicagowhere Baum took a job reporting for the Evening Post.
Beginning inhe founded and edited a magazine called The Show Window,  later known as the Merchants Record and Show Window, which focused on store window displays, retail strategies and visual merchandising.
The major department stores of the time created elaborate Christmastime fantasies, using clockwork mechanisms that made people and animals appear to move. Mother Goose was a moderate success and allowed Baum to quit his sales job which had had a negative impact on his health.
InBaum partnered with illustrator W. Denslow to publish Father Goose, His Booka collection of nonsense poetry. The book was a success, becoming the best-selling children's book of the year.
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