He was compassionate, funny, deeply thoughtful and supremely intelligent. He has written dozens of books for adults and children that I was unaware of. Many of his books and stories are reworkings of classic fairy tales and myths. Click on the link by his name and read his answer to the question about his inspiration for Wicked. It is deeply moving and profound. He made me want to read old fairy tales again--the Grimm's/Andersen version though, but the Disney-fied stuff. (not that I don't love Disney). Oh, he's also written a book about Maurice Sendak!
Have you read Wicked? What did you think? Seen the show? What versions of fairy tales should I read??