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The exegesis of Philip K. Dick

Author: Philip K Dick; Pamela Jackson; Jonathan Lethem; Erik Davis
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"'A great and calamitous sequence of arguments with the universe: poignant, terrifying, ludicrous, and brilliant. The Exegesis 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
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Genre/Form: Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc
Named Person: Philip K Dick; Philip K Dick; Philip K Dick; Philip K Dick
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Philip K Dick; Pamela Jackson; Jonathan Lethem; Erik Davis
ISBN: 9780547549255 0547549253
OCLC Number: 709669831
Description: 944 p. 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction and editor's note / Jonathan Lethem and Pamela Jackson --
Acknowledgments --
The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick / Annotated by Simon Critchley, Steve Erickson, David Gill, N. Katherine Hayles, Jeffrey J. Kripal, Gabriel Mckee, Richard Doyle, and the editors --
Afterword : A Stairway to Elusis : PKD, perennial philosopher / Richard Doyle --
Endnotes --
Glossary --
About the editors and annotators --
Indexes.
Responsibility: edited by Pamela Jackson and Jonathan Lethem ; Erik Davis, annotations editor.

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"'A great and calamitous sequence of arguments with the universe: poignant, terrifying, ludicrous, and brilliant. The Exegesis 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 will be the definitive presentation of Dick's brilliant, and epic, final 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, Dick tried to write his way into the heart of a cosmic mystery that tested his powers of imagination and invention to the limit, adding to, revising, and discarding theory after theory, mixing in dreams and visionary experiences as they occurred, and pulling it all together in three late novels known as the VALIS trilogy. In this abridgment, Jackson and Lethem serve as guides, taking the reader through the Exegesis and establishing connections with moments in Dick's life and work."--

"Preserved in typed and hand-written notes and journal entries, letters and story sketches, Philip K. Dick's Exegesis 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. The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick will make this tantalizing work available to the public for the first time in an annotated two-volume abridgement. Edited and introduced by Pamela Jackson and Jonathan Lethem, this will be the definitive presentation of Dick's brilliant, and epic, final work"--

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