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‘Wicked’ author says goodbye to Oz

Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked

Gregory Maguire didn’t plan on falling in love with a woman — much less a green-skinned, allegedly wicked, witch from another world. But after almost two decades he has penned his goodbye to the girl in the black hat.

“I’ve had a wonderful 16-year relationship with the Wicked Witch of the West and I don’t think I’ll ever have a relationship like that with a woman again,” Maguire says with a chuckle.

“Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West,” published in 1995, was Maguire’s first novel revising L. Frank Baum’s classic “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” from the perspective of the Wicked Witch; it also became the hit musical “Wicked.”