The life and times of the wicked witch of the west by gregory maguire. If you are the publisher or author of this book and feel. Frank baums the wonderful wizard of oz, its 1939 film adaptation, and related books this is a very different and cynical look at oz as is seen in the books by l. For those of you who arent familiar with the premise of the book, its a retelling of the wonderful wizard of oz from a new point of view the wicked witch of the west. Frank baum, its sequels, and the 1939 film adaption the wizard of oz. The basis for the smash hit tony awardwinning broadway musical, gregory maguires breathtaking new york times bestseller wicked views the land of oz, its inhabitants, its wizard, and the emerald city, through a darker and greener not rosier lens. In wicked, gregory maguire has taken the largely unknown world of oz and populated it with the power of his own imagination. Wicked and witty novel of the year books the guardian. The wicked musical is one of the most exciting shows in the history of musicals and was the most successful broadway show of 2004.
Unlike the originals, these books are not intended for children. See winnie holzmans official bio on the official wicked site. Wicked and witty novel of the year literary editor robert mccrum finds author thomas harriss new thriller chillingly brilliant sun 6 jun 1999 11. There have been great novels that include great lines, but sometimes a truly remarkable quote, a great monologue, rests firmly in our hearts.
Buy a cheap copy of my wicked, wicked ways book by errol flynn. Wicked with bonus material by gregory maguire overdrive. Brilliantly inventive, wicked offers us a radical new evaluation of one of the most feared and hated. Armentrout is the new york times and usa today bestselling author of the covenant series and the lux series. The life and times of the wicked witch of the west, itself a retelling of the classic 1900 novel, the wonderful wizard of oz by l. Frank baum and the 1939 metrogoldwynmayer film the wizard of oz. The life and times of the wicked witch of the west, is a very descriptive, biographical title, which we here at shmoop applaud. The novel is a political, social, and ethical commentary on the nature of good and evil and takes place in. Known to millions as the preeminent swashbuckler of the silver screen, errol flynn was a complex man who lived a life far more adventurous than any of his films.
Gregory maguire is the new york times bestselling author of confessions of an ugly stepsister. Tevanne is a medievalish citystate made up of four campos, each controlled by a merchant guild. I have written a wicked book, and feel spotless as the lamb. The life and times of the wicked witch of the west is a novel published in 1995, written by gregory maguire and illustrated by douglas smith. Like the aforementioned overblown hair and exaggerated clothing, newmans novel is a quintessential example of 1980s excess. In a nutshell, it is the life story of elphalba, the wicked witch of the west. Female monologues okay, ladies, to make things easier on you, please choose a monologue from below to prepare for your audition. If you are the publisher or author of this book and feel that. Elphabas younger sister, eventually becomes known as the wicked witch of the east in baums original book and unlike the film the wizard of oz the wicked witch of the east and the wicked witch of the west are not sisters. It is the heretofore untold story of the wicked witch of.
For a limited time at a special price, go back to where the wicked years all beganand read excerpts from the rest of the series, including the masterly final book, out of oz, available november 1. Author of wicked, lost, and books for young adults and children, founder of childrens literature new england. Something wicked by anne schraff and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. Its secret motto, he told hawthorne, is ego non baptizo te in nomine the latin fragment truncates an incantation by the.
One lies in ruins, the outer wall now little more than masonry and rubble about ten feet high. He attempts to explain why the witch is perceived as wicked, how she came to own the west, how she came to be called a witch, etc. Wicked when the times are a crucible, when the air is full of crisis, she said, those who are the most themselves are the victims remember this. It is a revisionist exploration of the characters and land of oz from the 1900 novel the wonderful wizard of oz by l. Elphaba was born with green skin after her mother had an encounter with a travelling businessman. The wicked years is a series of novels by gregory maguire that present a revisionist take on l.
Now there is but one wicked witch in all the land of oz the one who lives in the west. An astonishingly rich recreation of the land of oz, this book retells the story of elphaba, the wicked witch of the west, who wasnt so wicked after all. That said, the wicked indeed reflects the time it holds so dear. Indeed, you have killed the one who dwelt in the east. It is not necessary that you memorize your monologue.
Therefore, issues of religion, animal rights, and political unrest are entangled with issue of otherness, sexuality, body image, revenge, and. Based on a novel by gregory maguire, the musical tells the back story of the land of oz, focusing on two very recognisable figures galinda, the good witch, and elphaba, the wicked witch of the west. I like musicals in general, and this was better than average. All i ever wanted was to be the fairest in the land. You definitely know what youre in for when you pick up this book unlike, say, the deceptively sweetsounding a rose for emily, which is in reality massively creepy. It is based on the 1995 gregory maguire novel wicked.
She was so old, that she quickly dried up in the sun. However, unlike baums writings and the 1939 film, the book. Wicked by gregory maguire is a wonderfully creepy, magical and sometimes disturbing book, perfect for your fall reading list. Buy wicked wicked years 1 paperback softback by gregory maguire isbn. Tolkien meets ai as bennett city of stairs, 2014, etc. The life and times of the wicked witch of the west summary. Taking readers past the yellow brick road and into a phantasmagoric world rich with imagination and allegory, gregory maguire just might change the reputation of one of the most sinister characters in literature. As with most novels, the more prominent themes in wicked are entangled within and among important concerns for society. A 1995 novel by gregory maguire, and later a musical, wicked is the story of elphaba, who will one day become the wicked witch of the west. Taking readers past the yellow brick road and into a phantasmagoric world rich with imagination and allegory, gregory maguire just. Gregory maguire welcome to the world of gregory maguire. Maybe attempted homicide was a bit extreme, but that doesnt make me evil. The broadway show wicked is an adaptation of the best selling novel by gregory maguire, wicked.
The most successful musical on broadway in 2004, wicked is based on the bestselling novel of the same name by gregory maguire. Nicholas sequel to his historical saga, something red 2012, continues the haunting tale of exiled irish queen maeve and her cohorts in medieval north england. Earlier, the book still in press, he said it was broiled in hellfire. Now a beloved classic, wicked is the basis for a blockbuster tony awardwinning broadway musical. Maguire has managed to recreate the beloved magic atmosphere of oz in a completely logical and plausible manner, fleshing it out and populating it with creatures who are at once odd and yet wholly. Its reverence for the flaws of the era is disarming, and makes it hard to diss the book on many levels.
Synopsis an astonishingly rich recreation of the land of oz, this book retells the story of elphaba, the wicked witch of the west, who wasnt so wicked after all. Many readers will remember the story of the wicked witch of the west. The life and times of the wicked witch of the west. As far as im concerned, the only good thing that came of wicked, the book, is that it gave someone the idea to make wicked, the musical. When dorothy triumphed over the wicked witch of the west in l. Of course, that story was written by faulkner, which probably tips people off to the. Wicked tells the story of all that happened to the scary. Brilliantly inventive, wicked offers us a radical new evaluation of one of the most feared and. Wicked the life and times of the wicked witch of the west wicked the life and times of the wicked witch of the west by gregory maguire prologue on the yellow brick road a mile above oz, the witch balanced on the winds forward edge, as if she were a green fleck of the land itself, flung up and sent wheeling away by the turbulent air. The novels follow the wicked witch of the west, her friends, relatives, and enemies, through several decades as they witness some of ozs most turbulent times. Wicked, the broadway musical, is a spectacular and colorful yet at the same time dark show that will amaze and mesmerize you for two and a half hours. Wicked, the first book in the series inspired the acclaimed broadway musical of the same name. Wicked the life and times of the wicked witch of the west. The book has almost nothing at all to do with the play, other than sharing the same characters and a couple settings.
Once upon a time in the faroff land of oz, a green girl named elphaba thropp is born to a unionist minister named frex and his desperate housewivesesque wife melena in munchkinland. Scene 1 no one mourns the wicked good news, shes dead. Wicked is a 2003 broadway musical by stephen schwartz and book by winnie holzman. Elphabas monologue october 29, 2016 my baby sister who is in high school told me she needed help with her elphaba monologue and because she knew i was a huge wicked fan she came to me for help with this one. The authors at wicked book weekend 2014 are listed alphabetically by last name. The wicked wizard of oz wicked is truly a tremendous piece of fiction, even more amazing when you realize this is gregory maguires first novel. Gregory maguires novel wicked colors in the background and provides a sensational history for many of the characters in baums classic 1900 novel the wonderful wizard of oz. Maguire creates a wicked witch we can empathize with and relate to while providing commentary on the role religion, racial inequality and suppression play in fueling evil. The life and times of the wicked witch of the west wicked. Shortly after his american classic was published in 1851, herman melville 18191891 confessed to his friend nathaniel hawthorne. She writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance, and she also publishes adult romantic fiction, including the gamble brothers series, under the pseudonym j. Second, wicked is the best fantasy novel of ideas ive read since mervyn peakes gormenghast or frank herberts dune. For wicked, winnie holzman was nominated for a 2004 tony for best book of a musical, and she won the 2004 drama desk award for outstanding book of a musical.1061 345 1026 506 279 1367 384 1380 1187 36 625 223 426 311 381 945 126 1169 196 1453 1449 465 551 227 1413 48 1006 428 1455 246 137 583 1034 1455 663 905 1262 1046 515