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Gregory Maguire (born June 9, 1954) was born in Albany, New York. He received his B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany and his Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Tufts University. He was a professor and co-director at the Simmons College Center for the Study of Children's Literature from 1979-1985. In 1987 Maguire co-founded Children's Literature New England Gregory Maguire &- Harper Collins Publishers. He still serves as co-director of CLNE, although that organization has announced its intention to close after its 2006 institute. Childrens Literature New England He is also a board member of the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance The National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance a national not-for-profit that actively advocates for literacy, literature, and libraries.


He is the author of the novels The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, and many other novels for adults and children. Many of Maguire's adult novels are revisionist retellings of classic children's stories: for example, in Wicked he transformed the Wicked Witch of the West from L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz into the sympathetic protagonist Elphaba. Wicked was turned into a hit Broadway musical of the same name. One of his short stories is featured in Gothic! Ten Original Dark Tales.


His adult novels, all published by HarperCollins, are Wicked (1995), praised by John Updike in The New Yorker as "an amazing novel"; Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister (1999); Lost (2001); Mirror Mirror (2003); Son of a Witch (2005); and A Lion Among Men (2008).


Wicked was developed as a big-budget Broadway musical, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Pippin, The Prince of Egypt, etc.), book by Winnie Holzman (My So-Called Life, etc.), and direction by Joe Mantello (Tony Award–winning director for Take Me Out). The original cast recording, released in December 2003, features performances by Kristin Chenoweth, Joel Grey, and Idina Menzel. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister was filmed for ABC/Disney and aired originally in the spring of 2002. It starred Stockard Channing and Jonathan Pryce.


Online at www.gregorymaguire.com