New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1984. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's lavender cloth, spine stamped in silver and gilt, upper board stamped in silver, top edge stained gray, original illustrated dust jacket.
"Wickedness was like food: once you got started it was hard to stop; the gut expanded to take in more and more." First edition of Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Updike's feminist fantasy novel. A grand departure from his previous work, the story follows three women who acquire powers after leaving, or being left by, their husbands in the fictional Rhode Island town of Eastwick in the 1960s. Although many critics received the book as "pro-feminist," others expressed concern that it was misogynistic or otherwise reinforced patriarchal ideology. Updike, however, described it as, "about female power, a power that patriarchal societies have denied." The novel has had several media adaptations since publication, the most famous undoubtedly the film adaptation by George Miller, starring Cher, Susan Sarandon, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Jack Nicholson. Light toning along upper edges of cloth; light toning and edgewear to unclipped dust jacket. Near fine. Item #2016