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


This is Gregory Maguire’s debut novel, the first in his four-part series the Wicked Years. It is an adult re-telling of The Wizard of Oz, musing on the nature of good and evil, and featuring a little green-skinned girl Elphaba (named after the initials of L. Frank Baum), who grows up to be the Wicked Witch of the West. The story inspired the long-running, Tony Award-winning hit Broadway musical, Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz. (1995, paperback)

“A staggering feat of wordcraft . . . [Maguire] has created . . . one of the great heroines in fantasy literature.” –Los Angeles Times

“Gregory Maguire has taken this figure of childhood fantasy and given her a sensual and powerful nature that will stir adult hearts with fear and longing all over again.” –New Orleans Times-Picayune

“Save a place on the shelf between Alice and The Hobbit – that spot is well deserved.” –Kirkus Reviews

Gregory Maguire is also the author of Son of a Witch and A Lion Among Men.


Additional information

Weight1.06 lbs