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Understanding Philip K. Dick

Author: Eric Carl Link
Publisher: Columbia, S.C. : University of South Carolina Press, ©2010.
Series: Understanding contemporary American literature.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Author of more than forty novels and myriad short stories over a three-decade literary career, Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) single-handedly reshaped twentieth-century science fiction. His influence has only increased since his death with the release of numerous feature films based on his work, including Blade Runner (based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), Total Recall (based on "We Can Remember It for You  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Philip K Dick; Philip K Dick; Philip K Dick; Philip Kindred Dick; Philip K Dick; Philip K Dick
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Eric Carl Link
ISBN: 9781570038556 1570038554
OCLC Number: 326466301
Description: xii, 179 p. ; 19 cm.
Contents: Understanding Philip K. Dick --
Philip K. Dick, novelist of ideas --
The craft and career of Philip K. Dick --
The themes of Philip K. Dick --
Reading Philip K. Dick: notes on six novels --
Conclusion, Apologia pro mea vita.
Series Title: Understanding contemporary American literature.
Responsibility: Eric Carl Link.

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Philip K Dick (1928-1982) reshaped 20th-century science fiction. Viewing his subject as foremost a novelist of ideas, this book surveys Dick's own tragicomic biography, his craft and career, and the  Read more...

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