Spinning fantastical tales for adults and children alike -- from the hit kids' series The Hamlet Chronicles to the decidedly more grown-up adventures played out in Wicked and Mirror, Mirror, Gregory Maguire has cast a potent literary spell on readers of all ages.
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Date of Birth:
June 9, 1954
Place of Birth:
Albany, New York
B.A., SUNY at Albany, 1976; M.A., Simmons College, 1978; Ph.D., Tufts University, 1990
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|Son of a Witch|
A decade after the Witch has melted away, the young man Liir is discovered bruised, comatose, and left for dead in a gully. Liir is only one part of the world that Elphaba left behind. As a boy hardly in his teens, he is asked to help the needy in ways in which he may be unskilled. Is he Elphaba's son? Has he power of his own?
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|An Author's Ambitions|
|"If I hadn’t been a writer, I would have tried to be one of the following," reflects Maguire in our exclusive interview. "An artist (watercolors), a singer/songwriter like Paul Simon (taller but not very much more), an architect (domestic), a teacher. Actually, in one way or another I have done all of the above, but learned pretty quickly that my skills needed more honing for me to charge for my services, and I’d always rather write fiction than hone skills."
|A Witch, Revisited||Some of Maguire's Favorites|
|Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West|
Gregory Maguire, Douglas Smith (Illustrator)
"It's a staggering feat of wordcraft, made no less so by the fact that its boundaries were set decades ago by somebody else," declares the Los Angeles Times of Maguire's imaginative effort -- a revisiting of the Wicked Witch of the West's character from L. Frank Baum's classic, The Wizard of Oz.
|The Diamond in the Window|
Jane Langton, Erik Blegvad (Illustrator)
Maguire mentions this children's fantasy first published in the middle 1960s as an all-time favorite book. "The wry line drawings by Erik Blegvad add to the story's depth and humanity," he observes. Learn about more of Maguire's favorite writers and reads, inluding: