Saint Fidgeta and Other Parodies
This hilarious spoof is one of the merriest books in many a moon. Catholics will particularly enjoy St. Fidgeta and Other Parodies, but readers of any religion – or none – will appreciate its fresh and funny approach.
"Bellairs somehow manages to be neither moralizing or immoral, merely irreverent as opposed to profane...he is obviously so versed in the subject that you can't help but feel a little love for the universe he so artfully skewers." - J. Ergo.
"...an excellent satire. I thoroughly believe it should be required reading for all teaching orders of nuns."- Louis J. Iasillo.
"Sick." - Father Thurston N. Davis, S.J., (1965).
About the Book
The story of St. Fidgeta was published in the June-July edition of the Critic, in 1965. The book was titled, at one point, The Grand Central Schism and Other Parodies for Catholics.
St. Fidgeta orignally cost $2.95, as shown on the inside flap of the book jacket; today, having been out of print for decades, it commands high prices from most online booksellers.
St. Fidgeta was chosen as a representative of parody for a Shimer College Humanities course. Bellairs taught the class during the spring 1967 semester, part of his one year teaching at the small Illinois college.
The character of Saint Fidgeta has a cameo in The Pedant and the Shuffly.
Marilyn Fitschen relates a story that twenty years after publication, a copy of the book was found in an abandoned missionary cottage on an island off the coast of Borneo.
The photo of Bellairs seen on the back flap of the dust jacket was the only picture of the author to ever appear on one of his books.
Jacket design for the book was by Loretta Trezzo.
Out of print for decades, the book was released as part of the 2009 Bellairs anthology, Magic Mirrors.