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

Paperback | November 28, 2000

byGregory Maguire

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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>

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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 phantasm...

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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...

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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...

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...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 1.08 inPublished:November 28, 2000Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060987103

ISBN - 13:9780060987107

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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.

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“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)

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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.