The Exegesis of Philip K Dick

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Nov 7, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 944 pages
“A great and calamitous sequence of arguments with the universe: poignant, terrifying, ludicrous, and brilliant. TheExegesis is the sort of book associated with legends and madmen, but Dick wasn't a legend and he wasn't mad. He lived among us, and was a genius.”—Jonathan Lethem

Based on thousands of pages of typed and handwritten notes, journal entries, letters, and story sketches,The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick is the magnificent and imaginative final work of an author who dedicated his life to questioning the nature of reality and perception, the malleability of space and time, and the relationship between the human and the divine. Edited and introduced by Pamela Jackson and Jonathan Lethem, this is the definitive presentation of Dick's brilliant, and epic, work.

In the Exegesis, Dick documents his eight-year attempt to fathom what he called “2-3-74,” a postmodern visionary experience of the entire universe “transformed into information.” In entries that sometimes ran to hundreds of pages, in a freewheeling voice that ranges through personal confession, esoteric scholarship, dream accounts, and fictional fugues, Dick tried to write his way into the heart of a cosmic mystery that tested his powers of imagination and invention to the limit.

This volume, the culmination of many years of transcription and archival research, has been annotated by the editors and by a unique group of writers and scholars chosen to offer a range of views into one of the most improbable and mind-altering manuscripts ever brought to light.


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An intricate and complex journey into the mind of famed sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick. Although the logic in this is disturbed, there is still much to be gleamed in examining Dick's innermost thoughts ... Read full review

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Part Three
Part Four
A Stairway to Eleusis PKD Perennial Philosopher
About the Editors and Annotators
Names Index
Works Index
A Scanner Darkly
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About the author (2011)

Over a writing career that spanned three decades, PHILIP K. DICK (1928-1982) published 36 science fiction novels and 121 short stories in which he explored the essence of what makes man human and the dangers of centralized power. Toward the end of his life, his work turned to deeply personal, metaphysical questions concerning the nature of God.

Eleven novels and short stories have been adapted to film, notably,Blade Runner (based onDo Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?),Total Recall, Minority Report, andA Scanner Darkly. The recipient of critical acclaim and numerous awards throughout his career, Dick was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2005, and in 2007 the Library of America published a selection of his novels in three volumes. His work has been translated into twenty-five languages.

Editors bios:

PAMELA JACKSON is the author of a doctoral dissertation examining Dick's "2-3-74" and theExegesis in the context of his life and fiction (The World Philip K. Dick Made). She has been working with the Philip K. Dick Estate since 2008 to develop a publishing and preservation plan for theExegesis. An independent scholar and librarian, Jackson lives in Berkeley, California.

JONATHAN LETHEM is the critically acclaimed author of eight novels, includingMotherless Brooklyn and his latest,Chronic City. He has published and spoken widely on Dick and is the editor of the Library of America editions of Dick's novels.

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