TWO-PAGE TYPED LETTER, SIGNED, TO LITERARY EXECUTOR PAUL WILLIAMS

Dick, Philip K.

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Place Published: Fullerton, CA
Publisher: S.i.
Date Published: 1972
Book Id: 3466

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Original letter typed on two leaves of plain white stock measuring 8.5" x 11", signed "Phil" in black ballpoint pen; ca.1150 words. Old folds smoothed out, some mild handling, with scattered holograph notations (in pen and pencil) on verso of p.2. Housed in a custom slipcase and chemise.

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An important and revealing letter chronicling a break-in at Dick's home, which proved to be one of the defining moment's of his life. In November of 1971, Dick returned to his home to find "his windows had been smashed in, his doors broken, and, he would claim, his fire-proof safe blown open by explosives. All his papers had been stolen" (Peake, Anthony. A Life of Philip K. Dick: The Man Who Remembered the Future, p.93). The incident left Dick deeply shaken and highly paranoid, with theories that those responsible could be anyone from Birchers, Minutemen, Black Panthers, the FBI, or neo-Nazi's. The truth was that Dick's home on Hacienda Way served as a drop-in center and "open house" for drug users, drug dealers, and wayward souls. "PKD had started to source his amphetamines from the local 'chapter' of the Hell's Angels, a motorcycle gang linked with drug dealing and violent crime" (Peake, p.92), and his safe held a bag of heroin, replenished by William S. Burroughs's supplier. "Just remembering back I start shaking, Paul. I really didn't expect to live to February, and told people so...I did, though; I got away and to Canada and felt safe again...Shit, Paul; I can't write about it any more, even to you. It was so fucking awful." He goes on to talk about his relationship to Tessa Busby, who he married in 1973, and his excitement at finally being able to focus on writing again. An extraordinary letter, offering a rare and unvarnished glimpse into the mind of one of the twentieth century's most acclaimed and influential science fiction authors. Provenance: Paul Williams (1948-2013) was Dick's close friend and eventual literary executor. He created the first rock magazine, Crawdaddy!, in 1966, and authored more than 25 books. He was responsible for publishing The Philip K. Dick Newsletter, wrote the introduction to the Entwhistle Books re-issue of Dick's novel Confessions of a Crap Artist, and four years after Dick's death wrote the first biography and critical study of his work (Only Apparently Real: The World of Philip K. Dick, 1986). cf.The Selected Letters of Philip K. Dick 1972-1973, pp.90-92.


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