Philip K. Dick

by Philip K Dick

LIBRARY OF AMERICA | August 4, 2009 | Hardcover

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In 2007, Philip K. Dick: Four Novels of the 1960s became the fastest selling title in The Library of America''s history. The 2008 companion volume, Five Novels of the1960s & 70s, broke series records for advance sales. Now comes a third and final volume gathering the best novels of Dick''s final years, when religious revelation, always important in his work, became a dominant and irresistible theme.

In A Maze of Death (1970), a darkly speculative mystery that foreshadows Dick''s final novels, colonists on the planet Delmak-O try to determine the nature of the God-or "Mentufacturer"-who plots their destiny. The late masterpiece VALIS (1981) is a novelistic reworking of "the events of 2-3-74," when Dick''s life was transformed by what he believed was a mystical revelation. It is a harrowing self-portrait of a man torn between conflicting interpretations of what might be gnostic illumination or psychotic breakdown. The Divine Invasion (1981), a sequel to VALIS, is a powerful exploration of gnostic insight and its human consequences. The Transmigration of Timothy Archer (1982), Dick''s last novel, is by turns theological thriller, roman à clef, and disenchanted portrait of late 1970s California life, based loosely on the controversial career of Bishop James Pike-a close friend and kindred spirit.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 850 pages, 8.2 × 5.15 × 1.05 in

Published: August 4, 2009

Publisher: LIBRARY OF AMERICA

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1598530445

ISBN - 13: 9781598530445

Found in: Fiction and Literature
Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Philip K. Dick

by Philip K Dick

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 850 pages, 8.2 × 5.15 × 1.05 in

Published: August 4, 2009

Publisher: LIBRARY OF AMERICA

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1598530445

ISBN - 13: 9781598530445

From the Publisher

In 2007, Philip K. Dick: Four Novels of the 1960s became the fastest selling title in The Library of America''s history. The 2008 companion volume, Five Novels of the1960s & 70s, broke series records for advance sales. Now comes a third and final volume gathering the best novels of Dick''s final years, when religious revelation, always important in his work, became a dominant and irresistible theme.

In A Maze of Death (1970), a darkly speculative mystery that foreshadows Dick''s final novels, colonists on the planet Delmak-O try to determine the nature of the God-or "Mentufacturer"-who plots their destiny. The late masterpiece VALIS (1981) is a novelistic reworking of "the events of 2-3-74," when Dick''s life was transformed by what he believed was a mystical revelation. It is a harrowing self-portrait of a man torn between conflicting interpretations of what might be gnostic illumination or psychotic breakdown. The Divine Invasion (1981), a sequel to VALIS, is a powerful exploration of gnostic insight and its human consequences. The Transmigration of Timothy Archer (1982), Dick''s last novel, is by turns theological thriller, roman à clef, and disenchanted portrait of late 1970s California life, based loosely on the controversial career of Bishop James Pike-a close friend and kindred spirit.

About the Author

Jonathan Lethem lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18