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Wicked

by Gregory Maguire

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | October 3, 1996 | Trade Paperback |

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When Dorothy triumphed over the Wicked Witch of the West in L. Frank Baum's classic tale, we heard only her side of the story. But what about her arch-nemesis, the mysterious witch? Where did she come from? How did she become so wicked? And what is the true nature of evil?

Gregory Maguire creates a fantasy world so rich and vivid that we will never look at Oz the same way again. Wicked is about a land where animals talk and strive to be treated like first-class citizens, Munchkinlanders seek the comfort of middle-class stability and the Tin Man becomes a victim of domestic violence. And then there is the little green-skinned girl named Elphaba, who will grow up to be the infamous Wicked Witch of the West, a smart, prickly and misunderstood creature who challenges all our preconceived notions about the nature of good and evil.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 448 Pages, 5.91 × 9.06 × 0.79 in

Published: October 3, 1996

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060987103

ISBN - 13: 9780060987107

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– More About This Product –

Wicked

by Gregory Maguire

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 448 Pages, 5.91 × 9.06 × 0.79 in

Published: October 3, 1996

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060987103

ISBN - 13: 9780060987107

From the Publisher

When Dorothy triumphed over the Wicked Witch of the West in L. Frank Baum's classic tale, we heard only her side of the story. But what about her arch-nemesis, the mysterious witch? Where did she come from? How did she become so wicked? And what is the true nature of evil?

Gregory Maguire creates a fantasy world so rich and vivid that we will never look at Oz the same way again. Wicked is about a land where animals talk and strive to be treated like first-class citizens, Munchkinlanders seek the comfort of middle-class stability and the Tin Man becomes a victim of domestic violence. And then there is the little green-skinned girl named Elphaba, who will grow up to be the infamous Wicked Witch of the West, a smart, prickly and misunderstood creature who challenges all our preconceived notions about the nature of good and evil.

About the Author

Gregory Maguire is the bestselling author of Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, Lost, Mirror Mirror, and the Wicked Years, a series that includes Wicked, Son of a Witch, and A Lion Among Men. Wicked, now a beloved classic, is the basis for the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical of the same name. Maguire has lectured on art, literature, and culture both at home and abroad. He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts.

From Our Editors

We're off to see the wizard, the wonderful wizard of Oz... but what about that sinister witch we hear so much about? An astonishingly rich re-creation of the land of Oz, Wicked retells the story of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, and proves she wasn't so wicked after all! Taking you past the yellow brick road and into a phantasmagoric world rich with imagination and allegory, this is one book that just might change the reputation of one of the most sinister characters in literature.

Editorial Reviews

“Maguire combines puckish humor and bracing pessimism in this fantastical meditation on good and evil, God and free will, which should...captivate devotees of fantasy.” (Publishers Weekly)

Employee Review

Have you every wondered what the Wicked Witch of the West was really like? Was she really as wicked as they say? And how about the Wizard of Oz? Was he really a nice guy? Well, this is the book for you, because these and other questions about Oz will be answered. This book is part political allegory, and partly a satire of L. Frank Baum's classic stories. Here you will find an Oz that is not the happy realm of the books and movie, but a dark and frightening place under the rule of an evil tyrant, the Wizard. An excellent read.
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