Short Stories by L. Frank Baum

L. Frank Baum wrote a number of children's short stories that were published in periodicals, in addition to his many books. This section provides an accounting of these short stories listed chronologically by publication date (or date it was written and published much later).

Note: Most of these short stories have been republished in The Baum Bugle. The issue year, volume, number and page number(s) are listed in the last column of the following table.

Title

Publication

Date

Remarks

Bugle Date

"Who Called ‘Perry’?"

Chicago Times Herald

19 Jan 1896

Baum entered this story into the newspaper’s short story contest.

75:19:2:2

"Yesterday at the Exposition"

Chicago Times Herald

2 Feb 1896

Baum entered this story into the newspaper’s short story contest. It won third prize.

76:20:2:16-17

"My Ruby Wedding Ring"

unknown

ca. 1905

Copyright 12 Oct 1896 by the Bacheller Syndicate. Sold to the American Press Association in 1903 for syndication.

65:9:1:11

"Man with the Red Shirt"

Baum Bugle

Spring 1973

Told by Baum in 1896-97 to his niece, Matilda J. Gage. She wrote the only version known to exist.

73:17:121

"The Extravagance of Dan"

The National Magazine

May 1897

Earliest known Baum short story published in a nationally distributed magazine.

74:18:1:12-14

"How Scruggs Won the Award"

unknown

unknown

Copyright 5 May 1897 by the Bacheller Syndicate.

 

"The Return of Dick Weemins"

The National Magazine

July 1897

 

78:22:2:15-16

"The Suicide of Kiaros"

The White Elephant

Sept. 1897

Reprinted (somewhat revised) in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine Nov 1954.

88:32:1:3

"A Shadow Cast Before"

Philosopher

Dec 1897

 

72:16:1:14-15

"The Mating Day"

Short Stories

Sept 1898

 

91:35:3:11-13, 29

"Aunt Hulda's Good Time"

The Youth's Companion

26 Oct 1899

This was a very popular children’s magazine of the period.

69:13:2:18-19

"The Loveridge Burglary"

Short Stories

Jan 1900

 

89:33:3:12-15

"The Real 'Mr. Doolley' "

Home Magazine (article)

Jan 1900

Illustrated by Denslow and Ike Morgan.

 

"The Bad Man"

The Home Magazine (NY)

Feb 1901

 

68:12:2:12-13

"Strange Tale of Nursery Folk"

Chicago Times Herald

3 March 1901

 

63:7:2:13

"The King Who Changed His Mind"

unknown

ca.1901

 

63:7:1:12-13

"The Runaway Shadows"

unknown

ca. 1901

Also known as "A Trick of Jack Frost".

62:6:1:11

"An Easter Egg"

The Sunny South (Sunday Supplement for the Atlanta Constitution)

29 March 1902

Also known as "The Strange Adventures of an Easter Egg"). Was also published on Easter Sunday 1902 in various newspapers. However, the newpaper versions were shorter. Was re-published in Baum’s American Fairy Tales by Bobbs-Merrill in 1908.

67:11:1:11-13

"The Ryl of the Lilies"

unidentified newspaper

12 April 1903

Included in Baum’s American Fairy Tales (1908) as "The Ryl."

95:39:3:16-19

"A Kidnapped Santa Claus"

The Delineator

Dec 1904

Illustrated by Frederick Richardson. This magazine was one of the important women’s magazine of the period.

68:12:3:13-16

"Queer Visitors from the Marvelous Land of Oz"

numerous newspapers

Aug 1904 thru Feb 1905

This was a series of 27 weekly cartoon strip stories published in a number of the major newspapers in the cities of the north-eastern US.

 

"Animal Fairy Tales"

The Delineator

Jan through Sept 1905

A series of nine stories. Illustrated by Charles Livingston Bull. (The International Wizard of Oz Club published the stories in book form with illustrations by Dick Martin in 1969.)

 

"Nelebel's Fairyland"

The Russ

June 1905

The Russ was the school paper of the San Diego (CA) High School.

62:6:3:10-11

"Fairy Tales on Stage"

Chicago Record-Herald (article)

18 June 1905

 

 

"Jack Burgitt's Honor"

Novelettes (No. 68)

1 Aug 1905

Probably written 1896. Syndicated by the American Press Association.

Part 1 93:37:2:16-17

Part 2 93:37:3:8-9

"The Yellow Ryl"

A Child's Garden for Cheerful and Happy Homes

August & September 1925

Written ca. 1905-1906

Part 1 64:8:1:10-11

Part 2 64:8:2:12-13

"The Witchcraft of Mary-Marie"

Baum’s American Fairy Tales

1908

This collection of short stories was re-published by Bobbs-Merrill in 1908 with three new stories.

94:38:2:12-15, 28

"Modern Fairy Tales"

Advance (article)

19 Aug 1909

An article in which Baum addresses fairy tales and their authors. This magazine was the journal of the Congregational Church.

65:9:3:4-5

"The Fairy Prince"

Entertaining

Dec 1909

Short play based on The Enchanted Island of Yew. Reprinted in Baum’s Juvenile Speaker (1910).

67:11:3:3-7, 24

"The Man Fairy"

The Ladies' World

Dec 1910

 

95:35:1:12-14

"Juggerjook"

St. Nicholas

Dec 1910

Reprinted in Famous Tales and Laughter Stories (1912), and Boys and Girls Bookshelf (1920).

Part 1 77:21:3:9-11

Part 2 78:22:1:32-34

"The Tramp and the Baby"

The Ladies' World

Oct 1911

 

71:15:1:12-14

"Bessie's Fairy Tale"

The Ladies' World

Dec 1911

 

61:52:4

"Aunt Phroney's Boy"

St. Nicholas

Dec 1912

This is a rewritten version of "Aunt Hulda's Good Time."

 

"Our Hollywood"

unknown

ca. 1915

An article, apparently published in a local Hollywood, CA newspaper. In the article Baum encourages readers to shop locally in Hollywood.

 

"Chrome Yellow"

unknown

unknown

Believed to be unpublished prior to being found in the Baum archives.

 

"The Diamondback"

unknown

unknown

Believed to be unpublished prior to being found in the Baum archives. The first page is missing. It was published in The Baum Bugle, Spring 1982

82:26:1:7-9

"The Littlest Giant"

unknown

unknown

Believed to be unpublished prior to being found in the Baum archives. The first page is missing. It was published in The The The The Baum Bugle, Spring 1975.

75:19:1:2-5

"Mr. Rumple’s Chill"

unknown

unknown

Unpublished, date unknown. Copy has not been found.

 

"Bess of the Movies"

unknown

unknown

Unpublished, date unknown. Copy has not been found.

 

"The Tiger’s Eye"

The American Book Collector

Dec 1962

 

79:23:1:15-18

 

Sources

various. Baum Bugle. International Wizard of Oz Club, various articles in various issues.
Peter Hanff, private communication, 12/28/95.


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