Get a Crash Course in the Life of Philip K. Dick

Those familiar with Philip K. Dick's prolific body of work (which includes Scanner Darkly and Now Wait For Last Year) know that he hardly treated time as a linear experience. An over-arching theme in much of his writing is the way his characters—consciously, or not—operate outside of the temporal structure. Which is why it's so interesting that in celebration of The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has released a comprehensive timeline of the author's life.


Click on the document below to see the chart of Philip K. Dick's history, which includes a description of the period in 1974 that he ominously wrote about as "2-3-74", and served as the inspiration for the seminal Valis trilogy. Study up, because the 976-page Exegesis is an exponentially complicated collection of P.K.D's previously unpublished work that Motherless Brooklyn author, Jonathan Lethem describes as providing insight into "one of the more brilliant and unusual minds to make itself known to the 20th Century."

The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick is being released in tandem with 8 redesigned editions of P.K.D.'s work, including: The Valis trilogy,Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch and A Scanner Darkly. Head here to order your copy now.


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