Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

by Gregory Maguire

HarperCollins | September 29, 2009 | Trade Paperback

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West is rated 3.85 out of 5 by 60.

This is the book that started it all! The basis for the smash hit Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Gregory Maguire's breathtaking New York Times bestseller Wicked views the land of Oz, its inhabitants, its Wizard, and the Emerald City, through a darker and greener (not rosier) lens. Brilliantly inventive, Wicked offers us a radical new evaluation of one of the most feared and hated characters in all of literature: the much maligned Wicked Witch of the West who, as Maguire tells us, wasn’t nearly as Wicked as we imagined.<_o3a_p>

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 432 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.08 in

Published: September 29, 2009

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061862312

ISBN - 13: 9780061862311

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

by Gregory Maguire

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 432 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.08 in

Published: September 29, 2009

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061862312

ISBN - 13: 9780061862311

About the Book

This "New York Times" bestseller--the basis of the Tony Award-winning musical "Wicked"--introduces Elphaba, a smart, prickly, and misunderstood creature who will grow up to become the infamous "Wicked" Witch of the West in Oz. Now, her side of the story is told.

From the Publisher

This is the book that started it all! The basis for the smash hit Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Gregory Maguire's breathtaking New York Times bestseller Wicked views the land of Oz, its inhabitants, its Wizard, and the Emerald City, through a darker and greener (not rosier) lens. Brilliantly inventive, Wicked offers us a radical new evaluation of one of the most feared and hated characters in all of literature: the much maligned Wicked Witch of the West who, as Maguire tells us, wasn’t nearly as Wicked as we imagined.<_o3a_p>

From the Jacket

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?

Gregory Maguire has created a fantasy world so rich and vivid that we will never look at Oz the same way again.

About the Author

Gregory Maguire is theNew York Timesbestselling author ofConfessions of an Ugly Stepsister; Lost; Mirror Mirror;and the Wicked Years, a series that includesWicked, Son of a Witch, A Lion Among Men,andOut of Oz. Now a beloved classic,Wickedis the basis for a blockbuster Tony Award–winning Broadway musical. Maguire has lectured on art, literature, and culture both at home and abroad. He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts.

Editorial Reviews

"A staggering feat of wordcraft ... would all books with this much innate commercial appeal were also this good." (Los Angeles Times)