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Wicked: Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (Wicked Years Book 1) by [Gregory Maguire]
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Did you ever wonder how Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, got that way? Maguire tells all in this imaginative, satiric biography of the one character in THE WIZARD OF OZ destined to give children nightmares. John McDonough's narration is smooth and soothing, unfazed by the greenness of Elphaba's skin, the viciousness of her personality or the strangeness of the societies of Oz. M.B.K. © AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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'Gregory Maguire's Wicked" falls into a fascinating sub-genre of novels that revisit well-known stories as much in the spirit of criticism ashomage.Maguire...makes sense of Baum's whims, creating a credible Oz for grown-ups, with religion, politics, racial tensions, an economy, mythology, humour and sex... As moving and tragic as it is refreshing and scurrilous... This outstanding novel.' -- The Independent 20060308 'Bodiceripper set infantasy land...GONE WITH THE WINDin Camelot... Characters have immense moral struggles... They're very passionate.' -- The Scotsman on Sunday 20060430 --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B000FC14JY
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ William Morrow (October 13, 2009)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ October 13, 2009
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 11339 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 406 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ B0006V3Q8Q
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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Gregory Maguire received his Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Tufts University, and his B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany. He was a professor and co-director at the Simmons College Center for the Study of Children's Literature from 1979-1985. In 1987 he co-founded Children's Literature New England. He still serves as co-director of CLNE, although that organization has announced its intention to close after its 2006 institute.

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 has three adopted children and is married to painter Andy Newman. He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts.

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