Search for Philip K. Dick, 1928-1982: Revised with New Material, 2009

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9780984120505: Search for Philip K. Dick, 1928-1982: Revised with New Material, 2009

Anne Dick s book is part memoir, and part a kind of detective novel, as she sifts through the details of her life with Philip K Dick, a prolific genius whose books and novels are being recognized as significant works of literature. Much of Dick's work, currently being celebrated in college courses and prestigious anthologies like The Library of America, consists of a kind of surreal autobiography and Anne's memoir helps us connect his fictional characters to his life. Philip K Dick was quite a character himself, both on and off the page, and Anne's memoir bravely explores her tumultuous relationship with this mercurial man in an attempt to better understand him and his writing. A touching aspect of this memoir is that it represents Anne's search as well. Anne witnessed first-hand the most prolific period in Dick's career, a five year period from 1958 - 1964 during which time Philip wrote many of his most celebrated novels including: The Man in the High Castle, The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, Martian Time-Slip, Confessions of a Crap Artists, Dr Bloodmoney, We Can Build You, Now Wait For Last Year, and The Simulacra. Anne, a fifty-four-year resident of Point Reyes Station, still lives in the modern Campbell and Wong house she shared with Philip, a house that was featured in many of Dick's books. Reading Anne's memoir will open up many of Philip's works, revealing the autobiographical material often buried deep in his texts. Biography lovers will enjoy the intensity of detail Anne brings to Dick's complex and intense struggles. Anne spent several years conducting interviews with Dick's friends, family, and colleagues, assembling perhaps the most thoroughly researched biography of Philip K Dick currently available.

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Anne, Philip K. Dick s third wife, lived with him in Point Reyes Station during a period in his writing life when he wrote the novels that made him world famous: Confessions of a Crap Artist, Martian Time-Slip, Dr. Bloodmoney, and The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch. He accurately chronicled the beginnings of Anne s jewelry business in his most famous novel, The Man in the High Castle. Anne was born in West Englewood, NJ, in 1927. After moving to St. Louis, she attended the Principia secondary school and graduated from Washington University in 1947. After the death of her first husband, poet Richard Rubenstein, she studied metal sculpture with Harry Crotty at College of Marin and later based her jewelry designs on the welded sculpture techniques she had learned there. Her bronze and silver jewelry has been sold in museum stores and galleries throughout the United States and abroad. Retired from the jewelry business after 47 years, she continues to write novels and poetry. She still lives in the same house where she lived with Philip K. Dick and raised her four daughters.

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Anne's detailed account of her years with Philip K Dick is a must read for anyone discovering the autobiographical elements in his writing. No other biography gives the reader as strong a sense of how he crafted his fiction, where he got his characters, and what made him tick. Parts of Anne's memoir are instantly recognizable to PKD's readers as they describe the inspiration for many of his most bizarre fictional scenes. --David Gill, San Francisco State University; The Total Dickhead blog

Dear Anne, I just finished reading your biography of Phil, and I must say I am impressed. Besides being a remarkably accurate and life like picture of the man, it is also a rattling good tale, like a real-life detective story . . . --Ray Nelson, science fiction writer and close friend of PKD

The secret of Phil Dick's greatness, as with so many other great men, is his . . . [third] wife, Anne. You can see her influence in the development of his novels, their increasing awareness of the human/family/sexual element. Most SF writers simply didn't pay attention to such things, which are the entire concern of mainstream fiction. Dick was almost alone among the SF writers of his day in trying to write mainstream novels himself. And what is their constant theme? His battles with, and bafflement by, and love of Anne, the Other who never left his thoughts . . . --Thomas M. Disch

Dear Anne, I just finished reading your biography of Phil, and I must say I am impressed. Besides being a remarkably accurate and life like picture of the man, it is also a rattling good tale, like a real-life detective story . . . --Ray Nelson, science fiction writer and close friend of PKD

The secret of Phil Dick's greatness, as with so many other great men, is his . . . [third] wife, Anne. You can see her influence in the development of his novels, their increasing awareness of the human/family/sexual element. Most SF writers simply didn't pay attention to such things, which are the entire concern of mainstream fiction. Dick was almost alone among the SF writers of his day in trying to write mainstream novels himself. And what is their constant theme? His battles with, and bafflement by, and love of Anne, the Other who never left his thoughts . . . --Thomas M. Disch

Anne's detailed account of her years with Philip K Dick is a must read for anyone discovering the autobiographical elements in his writing. No other biography gives the reader as strong a sense of how he crafted his fiction, where he got his characters, and what made him tick. Parts of Anne's memoir are instantly recognizable to PKD's readers as they describe the inspiration for many of his most bizarre fictional scenes --David Gill, San Francisco State University; The Total Dickhead blog

In all the critical literature review type books [Search for Philip K. Dick] comes as a breath of fresh air. --Perry Kinman "Razzelweave"

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