From Pen to Emerald City: EndlessPens Celebrates Influential Writers, Part XIX

Never question the truth of what you fail to understand, for the world is filled with wonders.
― L. Frank Baum, Rinkitink in Oz

From Pen to Emerald City: EndlessPens Celebrates Influential Writers, Part XIX -  The Wizard Of Oz

Hail to the Wizard!

Lyman Frank Baum, born on May 15, 1856, in Chittenango, New York, remains a towering figure in American literature, chiefly known for his creation of the enchanting land of Oz. Baum's life and work reflect an extraordinary journey marked by imagination, innovation, and a profound impact on children's literature.

 

His early years were a tapestry of varied interests and endeavors. Initially drawn to the theater, he pursued acting and playwriting with mixed success. His foray into business, however, was less fruitful, leading to numerous ventures and eventual failures. Despite these setbacks, Baum's inherent creativity and storytelling prowess found a natural outlet in writing, a medium through which he could weave the fantastical tales that would captivate generations.

From Pen to Emerald City: EndlessPens Celebrates Influential Writers, Part XIX -  The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz

The publication of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in 1900 marked a turning point in Baum's career. The story of Dorothy Gale and her adventures in the magical land of Oz struck a chord with readers, offering a delightful blend of whimsy, adventure, and moral lessons. Baum's creation of Oz was revolutionary, departing from the dark and often moralistic tone of earlier children's literature. Instead, he presented a vibrant world filled with diverse characters and enchanting landscapes, embodying a sense of wonder and possibility.

 

Baum's innovation extended beyond the narrative itself. He envisioned The Wonderful Wizard of Oz as the first in a series, a novel approach at the time. This foresight led to the creation of 13 more Oz books, each expanding the rich tapestry of the world he had crafted. His works were not just literary achievements but cultural phenomena, inspiring stage productions, films, and a lasting legacy in popular culture.

From Pen to Emerald City: EndlessPens Celebrates Influential Writers, Part XIX -  A Long Pavement

His writing was characterized by its accessibility and inclusivity. He eschewed the didacticism common in children's books of his era, instead embracing a style that celebrated imagination and curiosity. His characters, from the Cowardly Lion to the Scarecrow and Tin Woodman, were endowed with depth and relatability, each embodying unique virtues and flaws. This humanization of fantastical beings made them resonate deeply with readers, young and old alike.

 

Moreover, Baum's progressive views subtly permeated his works. His stories often featured strong female protagonists, a reflection of his own advocacy for women's rights, likely influenced by his mother-in-law, the prominent suffragist Matilda Joslyn Gage. This progressive stance was revolutionary, subtly encouraging a new generation to envision a world of equality and empowerment.

From Pen to Emerald City: EndlessPens Celebrates Influential Writers, Part XIX -  Silhouettes Of Five Different People

L. Frank Baum's legacy is enduring, his works continuing to inspire and enchant. He transformed children's literature, creating a blueprint for modern fantasy that celebrates the limitless potential of the imagination. Through the timeless land of Oz, Baum not only entertained but also imparted enduring lessons of courage, friendship, and the enduring quest for home.

From Pen to Emerald City: EndlessPens Celebrates Influential Writers, Part XIX -  L. Frank Baum’s Whimsical Companions

EndlessPens Recommends : L. Frank Baum’s Whimsical Companions

One piece of advice to writers from L. Frank Baum highlights the significance of originality. He urged writers to forge their own paths and bring fresh perspectives to their work. This commitment to innovation is exemplified in his creation of Oz, a world that broke away from traditional fairy tales and introduced new archetypes and themes.

 

In celebration of this literary wizard’s birthday, allow us to present a selection of fountain pens and accessories evocative of L. Frank Baum’s guided journey to the Emerald City —

 

From Pen to Emerald City: EndlessPens Celebrates Influential Writers, Part XIX -  Wearingeul The Wonderful Wizard of OZ Spell Book Ink Bottle

Wearingeul The Wonderful Wizard of OZ Spell Book Ink Bottle - The Color of Literature is the project expressing the stories and impressions of literature works with colors. Wearingeul inks illustrate the specific scenes or the atmosphere of novels and poems. Also, some sets represent the main concept of the original stories, giving a unique experience following the itinerary of the characters in the stories.

 

From Pen to Emerald City: EndlessPens Celebrates Influential Writers, Part XIX -  Benu Briolette Milk Way Fountain Pen

Benu Briolette Milk Way Fountain Pen - To highlight the visual appeal of the material, Benu created the models that have their entire body covered with long facets. Each cut gives the pens specific shapes that prevent them from rolling and enables the true color and brilliance of the material to emerge. Briolette Milk Way features a black purple high quality resin body accented with sparkly silver holographic design. Equipped with a #5 Schmidt stainless steel nib. This fountain pen comes with a standard international converter and one long blue ink cartridge. You can also convert it to eyedropper fill.

 

From Pen to Emerald City: EndlessPens Celebrates Influential Writers, Part XIX -  Diamine The Inkvent Calendar Purple Edition Ink Bottle

Diamine The Inkvent Calendar Purple Edition Ink Bottle - A Special Edition set for 2023, Diamine proudly presents the 2023 Winter Ink-vent Calendar,featuring 25 distinct inks in 12ml bottles, plus one extra 30ml bottle hidden behind the final door. All the inks are new and consist of: Standard, Shimmer, Scent, Chameleon, Chameleon & Sheen and Star Bright!

Inks Included: Nightfall, Glacier, Walnut, Lavender Frost, Tinsel, Fortunes Gold, Sweet Dreams, Blizzard, Fireside Snug, Jacaranda, Moon Beam, Early Dusk, Merry & Bright, Bucks Fizz, Raise a Glass, Cinnabun, Bah Humbug, Astral, Cashmere Rose, Tranquility, Velvet Emerald, Weeping Willow, Masquerade, Sugar Snap, Rainbows End.

 

From Pen to Emerald City: EndlessPens Celebrates Influential Writers, Part XIX -  Kakimori Yutaka Kawai Undated Planner (B6)

Kakimori Yutaka Kawai Undated Planner (B6) - Experience the year ahead in your own skilled penmanship with this B6 planner featuring unique artist collaboration covers and high-quality Mitsubishi Bank Paper pages. Its undated format allows you to begin and plan without restriction in any given month. Kakimori chose designs for their planner that capture Kawai’s independent spirit. The designs are vibrant and cheerful, just the kind of companion we want our planner to be.This planner features split spiral binding for convenient lay-flat use and ample space for handwriting. Bank Paper has been carefully selected for its pages, as it is a highly versatile paper suitable for all writing implements. Every day, you'll eagerly plan your days, thanks to this planner.

 

From Pen to Emerald City: EndlessPens Celebrates Influential Writers, Part XIX -  Nahvalur Original Spring Fountain Pen

Nahvalur Original Spring Fountain Pen - The theme of Nahvalur's products revolves around the idea of “seasons'' for the year of 2024; as the gentle whispers of spring begin to rejuvenate the earth with vibrant life and color, we are thrilled to unveil an long overdue update in our Original collection – the Original: Spring. The Original: Spring is a visual ode to the season that echoes the fresh hues of springtime. The green color-plated trim adds a touch of sophistication, making the Original: Spring a statement piece for the season of rejuvenation.

 

From Pen to Emerald City: EndlessPens Celebrates Influential Writers, Part XIX - Wearingeul Becoming Witch Ink Set
Wearingeul Becoming Witch Ink Set - Becoming Witch Set is a package of Wicked Witch Ink 30ml and 4 different Magic Glitter Potions. You can make glistening inks of four magical element attributes (ice, fire, dark, and light) by adding glitter potions into Wicked Witch ink. Make your witch ink bottles of four cardinal points in the world of Oz!
 
From Pen to Emerald City: EndlessPens Celebrates Influential Writers, Part XIX - Opus 88 Bela Fountain Pen

Opus 88 Bela Fountain Pen - The Opus 88 Bela fountain pen is a large, eyedropper-style fountain pen with a piston operated shut-off valve. The pen features an ivory resin finial and piston knob, a black clip, and a silver stainless steel Bock nib. Includes a stainless steel German nib that has "Opus 88" engraved on it and a glass eye drop filler packaged in a stylish gift box.

 

From Pen to Emerald City: EndlessPens Celebrates Influential Writers, Part XIX - LAMY Safari Fountain Pen

LAMY Safari Fountain Pen - Many attractive colors, timeless design, perfect ergonomics. These are just some of the reasons that the LAMY Safari fountain pens are one of the most popular writing instruments worldwide. Distinctive recessed grip guarantees writing comfort. Sturdy plastic with metal clip, ergonomic grip and a black chromium-plated steel nib. With ink cartridge LAMY T 10. Can be used with the converter LAMY Z 28.

 

May these vibrant and playful writing companions inspire your journey down the Yellow Brick Road!

Never give up... No one knows what's going to happen next.
― L. Frank Baum

Happy Birthday, L. Frank Baum!

 

From Pen to Emerald City: EndlessPens Celebrates Influential Writers, Part XIX - Happy Birthday, L. Frank Baum!

 

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