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The Lizard of Oz by Richard Seltzer


This is a revised and expanded version of the underground classic, self-published in 1974.  "When an elementary class sets out on a quest to save the world from disenchantment, their adventures reveal paradoxes of the human mind and ways of awakening the magic within us."

 

The Lizard has captured the imaginations of a small but very enthusiastic cadre of fans. I would love bring it to a much wider audience.

 

The self-published edition quickly went through three printings, selling over 6000 copies, back in 1974. The initial success was due in large part to glowing reviews:

 

Library Journal -- "An intriguing and very entertaining little novel"

 

Booklist -- "a snappy hip fable"

 

Aspect -- "Carroll and Tolkien have a new companion"

 

Lancaster (PA) Independent Press -- "a work so saturated that the mind is both stoned with pleasure and alive with wonder"

 

Philadelphia Bulletin -- "A commentary on our times done delightfully"

 

Valley Advocate -- "a gallery of figments of contemporary culture that could take its place on the library shelf of memory along with the classic figures of children's fiction"

 

I also have a children's play and a radio script based on this book.


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