Jay Davis: This is from when Mr. Baum was out there as an actor in his play "The Maid of Arran," which was a hit. However, after the props and costumes were lost in a fire, he turned to the family business.
That started going badly (the book-keeper shot himself), so he left it moved himself, his wife and their two sons to what he thought would be the next big city: Aberdeen (in what is now South Dakota).
That didn't work out, so after trying to get back on his feet, he finally went out to Chicago, where after other ventures, he finally began writing children's books. After a huge hit with "Father Goose: His Book," he decided to work with the illustrator on a book about a little girl carried to magical world by a tornado...
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