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'Wicked' author donates his papers to New York college

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 9:17 am

ALBANY, N.Y. — The author of a book that was turned into one of the longest-running musicals on Broadway has donated his papers to the upstate New York college he credits with nurturing his writing talents.

Novelist Gregory Maguire was at his alma mater Tuesday to hand over his personal papers to the University at Albany, including the first 30 handwritten pages of "Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West."

The book has sold five million copies and was turned into the musical "Wicked," which began its Broadway run in 2003.

Maguire grew up near the Albany campus and graduated from the local university in 1976.

His papers join an archives collection that includes the work of other Albany authors, including Pulitzer Prize winner William Kennedy.