The man behind the curtain

By Kristi Casey Sanders

More than a decade ago, Gregory Maguire published Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, a novel that reconfigured pop culture’s perception of one of the most widely despised characters of American literature and cinema. By retelling The Wizard of Oz from the point of view of Elphaba — a smart, passionate girl who grows up to become the infamous and widely feared witch — Maguire allows readers to take a more complex look at the nature of truth, the value of beauty and the cost of moral behavior…

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