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“We start out in identical perfection: bright, reflective, full of sun. The accident of our lives bruises us into dirty individuality. We meet with grief. Our character dulls and tarnishes. We meet with guilt. We know, we know: the price of living is corruption. There isn’t as much light as there once was. In the grave we lapse back into undifferentiated sameness.”
― Gregory Maguire, A Lion Among Men
The Wicked Years is a series of novels by Gregory Maguire that present a revisionist take on L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, its 1939 film adaption, and related books. The first novel, published in 1995, was Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, a book detailing the life of the infamous villain from Baum’s books, now called “Elphaba”. The novel was a huge success, and was later adapted into a smash hit musical, which opened on Broadway.
A Lion Amongst Men is the third novel from this series, the protagonist being the Cowardly Lion.