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Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West: 01 (The Wicked Years) Paperback – Illustrated, 16 Jan. 2002

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Book 1 of 4 in the Wicked Years Series

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  • Paperback : 450 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0060987107
  • Product dimensions : 23.32 x 15.54 x 2.92 cm
  • Publisher : HarperCollins; 1st HarperPerennial Ed edition (16 Jan. 2002)
  • ASIN : 0060987103
  • Language: : English
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Gregory gets the complications and uniqueness of women very well.--Kristen Chenoweth

Maguire did something truly remarkable with this novel, in managing to inhabit, enlarge, deepen and find new dimensions in a world that had been invented by another writer, and in doing so make something entirely new. It's an astonishing achievement.--Philip Pullman

"At the heart of this remarkable, unforgettable novel is a wildly original premise-- one that only a writer with Gregory Maguire's intellect and daring could have dreamed up: that the Wicked Witch of the West was a real woman, with an actual name, and her own story to tell. It was radical when Gregory first wrote it, and remains radical. It has the power to reshape one's view of the world."--Winnie Holzman, co-writer of Wicked: The Musical

"I knew that Gregory Maguire had come up with a genius idea the moment I heard about Wicked. It's a book that has changed a lot of lives, including mine."--Stephen Schwartz, composer and lyricist of Wicked: The Musical

"Long before there was any thought of a musical, I read Wicked. I felt a quiet joy that sisterhood had made its way to the Yellow Brick Road. What happens when a witch, green or otherwise, gets to tell her own story instead of being vilified and misrepresented by dominant cultural authority? We witches know how that turns out!"--Holly Near


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.

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