Philip K. Dick - Typed Letter Signed [TLS] to Claudia Bush, Discussing the Greek Philosophers and Reality.


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Fullerton(?), California, No Publisher, 1975. A three-page (3pp) typed letter signed. Dated Feb 13th, 1975. The letter is signed by PKD with six corrections and a postscript all in the author's hand. 

Addressed to Claudia Bush. Bush commenced her dialogue with PKD whilst writing her thesis on him for her MA at Idaho State University. The thesis was published as "The Splintered Shards: Reality and Illusion in the Novels of Philip K. Dick." Much of the Bush correspondence is held in the Willis E. McNelly collection at California State University Fullerton; they are scarce in commerce. This letter is written in the aftermath of his VALIS visions of 1974, which happened shortly after a wisdom tooth operation. Dick received a home delivery of opioids from a woman wearing a Christian Ichthys necklace. The symbol emitted a pink beam of light which was the catalyst for months of visionary experiences, including Dick's belief that his mind had been invaded by a benign but separate consciousness. The period of PKD's visions began in February or March of 1974, and continued for anywhere between two and 12 months. In What if Our World is Their Heaven, Dick asserts that this separate consciousness was present 'for one year. From February 1974 to February 1975' (p. 149). 

The present letter start with PKD discussing his understanding of the nature of reality, towards the end of the first page he starts tying this into his VALIS experience, and then evaluates it against Greek philosophy, with a discussion of neoplatoism. Small mention of Theodore Sturgeon, and Venus Plus X. Five minor corrections, signed with a arrow-struck heart sketch. Some staining to the edges. [11494, Hyraxia Books].


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