Ruth Plumly Thompson

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Ruth Plumly Thompson (1891-1976) was an American writer of children's stories. She is best known for continuing the children's fantasy Land of Oz series after L. Frank Baum died in 1919.

An avid reader of Baum's books and a lifelong children's writer, Thompson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and began her writing career in 1914 when she sold stories to newspapers and magazines. Between 1921 and 1939, she wrote one Oz book a year. They were all illustrated by John R. Neill, who had also illustrated Baum's Oz books, except for the first one, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Oz books by Thompson

Non-Oz books by Plumly

  • The Curious Cruise of Captain Santa
  • The Wizard of Way-Up and Other Wonders
  • Sissajig and Other Surprises

Thompson resigned from writing Oz books in 1939 and John R. Neill took over, writing three until his death in 1942. Thompson later wrote two more Oz books, which are typically considered non-canon: Yankee in Oz (1972) and The Enchanted Island of Oz (1976).

Most of these books are still under copyright laws and cannot be reproduced online. Those which are available at Project Gutenburg: [1] (http://www.gutenberg.com)



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