Philip K. Dick to Be Canonized by the Library Of America


The Library of America, the nonprofit publisher founded in 1979 to "preserve our nation's literary heritage," plans to publish a volume of four novels by cult writer Philip K. Dick next summer. Fiction writer Jonathan Lethem, whose new novel, You Don't Love Me Yet, will be published by Doubleday in March, is editing the collection.

Dick, who died in 1982, wrote forty-five novels, including Voices From the Street, which will be published for the first time by Tor Books in January. Max Rudin, the Library of America's publisher, told the Associated Press yesterday that the author "took the conventions of a pulp genre and made very adventurous literary use of them." Next summer also marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the release of Blade Runner, director Ridley Scott's film adaptation of Dick's 1968 novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?