First printing of the Oz-inspired hit, inscribed by Maguire with an additional drawn frame around the page.
"It was Maguire's childhood obsession with fairy tales, telling stories and asking 'What if,' that led him to realize that in Baum's books, there is no evidence to support the Wicked Witch of the West's being wicked. We are only told she is. What if she's not?" – Alex Witchel
An epic retelling of the context behind the WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ from the perspective of the Wicked Witch, WICKED manages to turn the setting of the most popular American fairy tale into an empathetic, almost realist novel. The basis for the 2003 smash musical by Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman. This copy includes photos of the event at which the book was signed.
Read more: Witchel, "Mr. Wicked," 11 March 2007, New York Times.
First edition. (New York): Regan Books, (1995). Full title: Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West 9'' x 6''. Original glazed paper boards. In original unclipped ($24.00) color pictorial dust jacket with central cutout, designed by Joel Avirom with illustration by Douglas Smith. Fore-edge machine deckle. Cartographic cream endpapers. Illustrated throughout by Douglas Smith, including vignette title page and full-page chapter headings. , 406 pages. Inscribed by Maguire on half title: "For Stephen, Wickedly yours, Gregory Maguire June 2003" with framing device drawn in black marker across the page. Three 4x6 color photographs of signing event laid in. Book sharp with only a touch of bumping to extremities; jacket with faint hints of soil here and there. A beautiful copy.
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