Gregory Maguire: Using a Retold Story

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The classic children's stories have never been as nice and friendly as they have become. American novelist Gregory Maguire (born June 9, 1954) has taken several of the classic stories known today and re-imagined them with similar twists as the originals. Some of the twists seen in a couple of his novels come from the time he spent in London in the late 1990s during the Gulf War. During this time several London students kidnapped and killed a toddler. With this Maguire became interested in the nature of evil and whether someone can be born evil or if they are taught to be that way. This series of events drove Maguire to write his famed novel Wicked. Though many have thought the book to be wildly boring and in need of “a little push” ("Gregory Maguire." Newsmakers.), Wicked has over three million copies in print, proving Maguire has a point that people are responding to. Maguire’s sociological novel Wicked reveals the social, ethical, and political issues displayed in a time of unrest and war; and explores the question of whether someone can "be born wicked or have wickedness thrust upon them” using the fantasy genre. Gregory Maguire did not grow up the way people normally do. His mother had died in childbirth and, stricken with grief, his father sent Maguire and his 3 siblings to live with relatives. After only six months, Maguire’s aunt sent him to St. Catherine’s Infant Home where they named him Gregory. Two years later, Maguire’s father remarried to his mother’s best friend. It was just after this that the family reunited and, eventually, grew (Witchel). It is not truly known as to why Maguire chose to write children’s fantasies based off of fairy tales; some say it was because he grew up without his mother in a challe... ... middle of paper ..."Decade by Decade: 1990s - Women of the Century - Discovery Education, n.d. Web. 05 May 2014. "Gregory Maguire." Goodreads. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Apr. 2014. . "Gregory Maguire." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 30 Apr. 2014. . "Gregory Maguire — Harper Collins Publishers." Gregory Maguire — Harper Collins Publishers. N.p., n.d. Web. 1 May 2014. . Maguire, Gregory. Wicked: the life and times of the wicked witch of the West : a novel. New York: ReganBooks, 1995. Print. Witchel, Alex. "Mr. Wicked." The New York Times. The New York Times, 10 Mar. 2007. Web. 30 Apr. 2014. .

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