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Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. by  Gregory Maguire - Signed First Edition - 1995 - from Raptis Rare Books (SKU: 110789)

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

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

by Maguire, Gregory

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New York: Harper Collins, 1995. First edition of Gregory Maguire's immensely popular reinvention of Oz. Octavo, original illustrated boards, cartographic endpapers. Signed by the author on the half-title page, "best wishes Gregory Maguire." Fine in a fine dust jacket. Illustrated by Douglas Smith. Following the traditions of Gabriel Garca Marquez, John Gardner and J.R.R. Tolkien, Wicked is a richly woven tale that takes us to the other, darker side of the rainbow as novelist Gregory Maguire chronicles the Wicked Witch of the West's odyssey through the complex world of Oz -- where people call you wicked if you tell the truth.


Packed with e-book extras, including the original classic, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum, and the Reader's Group Guide.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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On Aug 11 2005, Raabe said:
Fantastic story of "the wizard of oz" told through the eyes of the so-called wicked witch. Maguire's first novel already a collectible classic demanding high return. The sequel "Son of a Witch" scheduled to come out in late 2005. Do not miss this!


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Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West.
Maguire, Gregory
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Harper Collins
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New York
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Gregory Maguire Signed First Edition, Wicked Gregory Maguire First Edition, Wicked SIgned First Edition
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About Raptis Rare Books

Founded by Matthew Raptis, Raptis Rare Books is an antiquarian book firm that specializes in literature, children's books, economics, photo books, signed and inscribed books, and landmark books in all fields. Our business model is simple: we strive to handle books that are in exceptional condition and to provide exceptional customer service. We are proud members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) and exhibit at major book fairs in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston, as well as other regional fairs.


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