Philip K. Dick journals to be published
It has been announced that Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will publish a two-volume edition of award-winning science fiction writer Philip K. Dick’s personal journals, which he called Exegesis. The journals were largely Dick’s attempt to make sense of a series of experiences he had in February and March of 1974, which he considered to be religious visions.
The first volume of The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick, edited by novelist Jonathan Lethem and Philip K. Dick scholar Pamela Jackson, is set to be released in 2011, with Volume 2 scheduled for publication in 2012.
Some of the experiences which Dick explored in his journals found their way into his writing for publication, notably in his novels VALIS (1978), The Divine Invasion (1980) and the unfinished The Owl in Daylight. However, the vast majority of the writing he did to try to understand what he believed to have happened to him – estimated at around 8,000 pages of material – has not been seen before. Some selections were published in 1991 as In Pursuit of Valis: Selections From the Exegesis, and a few short excerpts are available online.
Philip K. Dick, who was the author of novels such as The Man in the High Castle and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, which was the basis for the film Blade Runner, died in 1982.
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