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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.  privacy statement