Gregory Maguire

Gregory Maguire (born June 9, 1954 in Albany, New York) is an American author. He is the author of the novels Wicked: 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.

He received his Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Tufts University, and his B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany. He was a professor and co-director at the Simmons College Center for the Study of Children's Literature from 1979-1985. In 1987 he co-founded Children's Literature New England . He still serves as co-director of CLNE, although that organization has announced its intention to close after its 2006 institute.

He has three adopted children and is married to painter Andy Newman. Gregory Maguire is also a board member of the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance a national not-for-profit that actively advocates for literacy, literature, and libraries.


For Children

  • The Lightning Time (1978)
  • The Daughter of the Moon (1980)
  • Lights on the Lake (1981)
  • The Dream Stealer (1983)
  • I Feel like the Morning Star (1989)
  • Lucas Fishbone (1990)
  • Missing Sisters (1994)
  • "The Honorary Shepherds", in Am I Blue?: Coming Out From the Silence, a collection of short stories for gay and lesbian teenagers. (1995)
  • Oasis (1996)
  • The Good Liar (1997)
  • "Beyond the Fringe", in A Glory of Unicorns, compiled by Bruce Coville (1998)
  • Crabby Cratchitt (2000)
  • Leaping Beauty: And Other Animal Fairy Tales (2004) with Chris L. Demarest
  • Hamlet Chronicles
    • Seven Spiders Spinning (1994)
    • Five Alien Elves (1998)
    • Six Haunted Hairdos (1999)
    • Four Stupid Cupids (2000)
    • Three Rotten Eggs (2002)
    • A Couple of April Fools (2004)
    • One Final Firecracker (2005)
  • What-the-Dickens: The Story of a Rogue Tooth Fairy (2007)

For Adults

Short Stories

  • Scarecrow (2001), a story about how the Scarecrow from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz comes into existence, published in Half-Human, edited by Bruce Coville.
  • Fee, Fie, Foe et Cetera (2002), a parody of Jack and the Beanstalk, published in The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling.
  • The Oakthing (2004), published in The Faery Reel: Tales from the Twilight Realm, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling.
  • Chatterbox, published in I BELIEVE IN WATER: Twelve Brushes With Religion (HarperCollins, 2000)
  • The Honorary Shepards(1994), published in Am I Blue?:Coming Out From The Silence edited by Marion Dane Bauer (HarperCollins, 1994)
  • Beyond the Fringe (1998) published in A Glory of Unicorns, edited by Bruce Coville
  • The Seven Stage a Comeback(2000) published in A Wolf at the Door and Other Retold fairy Tales, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling (Aladdin Paperbacks, 2000)


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