DescriptionPhilip K. Dick. Group of FiveTyped Letters Signed and One Autograph Note Signed (on a Christmas Card). Altogether, approximately ten pages on eleven sheets, most typed single space. Fullerton, California, February 20, 1973 to March 10, 1974; though four of the five are February and March 1973. (The Christmas card is not dated, but is likely December 1973 [or 1974?] as Dick asks about the Vertex interview which was conducted in the summer of that year). Eleven sheets (each 8.5 x 11 inches) plus the Christmas card (approximately 6 x 7 inches when opened), typewritten with postscripts and annotations in manuscript, five original number 10 postmarked typed envelopes (there is no envelope present for the card). All near fine or better, with folds as expected.
A wonderful collection of typed letters by celebrated award-winning science fiction author, Philip K. Dick, written to his good friend, and speculative fiction bookstore owner Sherry Gottlieb. All letters are addressed "Dear Sherry" and the card "Dear Sherry & Gil." Envelopes typed and addressed to: Ms. Sherry Gottlieb, Owner, A Change of Hobbit Bookstore, 1101 Gayley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024. One envelope is addressed to "Owner, A Change of Hobbit, Speculative Fiction Bookstore."
February 20, 1973. Three page typed letter signed "Phil" in blue ink, with correction and short holograph note in blue ink.
March 3, 1973. One-and-a-half page typed letter signed "Phil" in blue ink.
March 20, 1973. Two-and-one-third page typed letter signed "Phil" in black ink and with small ink correction.
March 30, 1973. Two page typed letter signed "Phil" in black ink, second full page is postscript with half the page typed and half hand-written.
[December 1973? or 1974]. Christmas Card with 26-line note in black ink signed "Phil"; card is additionally signed on right: "Philip K. Dick / Tessa B. Dick / & Christopher."
March 10, 1974. One page typed letter signed "Phil" in blue ink.
Letters include a broad range of topics, from professional to personal, and are dense with literary and publishing references and topics. Dick often talks about Gottlieb's personal psychology and the reason for her behavior, lack of success thus far as a writer, and barbs about her ambitions to be published. One such instance sees Dick comparing their relative success as writers: "...your own envy of my own astonishing meteor-like ascent to the heights of fame and big-nameness...."
Dick discusses requesting the FBI to: "...investigate the destruction of my files and the massive theft of my papers both in the files and throughout my house back in November 1971..." after the local police proved unhelpful. He continues: "Info coming to me since 1971 indicated that the hit might have been politically inspired - i.e. either by Minutemen or even by a neo-Nazi group." And later: "...a police sergeant said to me: 'You know, you have enemies. You're going to get a bullet in your back some night while you're sleeping. Or worse.' I asked him what the 'or worse' was and he said: 'you wouldn't want to know.'" Then: "I close with that, Sherry, and it ain't a nice world, is it? Not nice at all."
Letters become quite racy and flirty in places, with persistent invitations for Ms. Gottlieb to visit Mr. Dick in his home and other places, and descriptions of her physical attributes. In the last letter he says: "...but mainly thank you so much, you incredibly beautiful, sexy, wise, good u lay /u lady (sorry; I left out the 'd' merely a typo)."
He discusses some of his book titles, and orders some of his own books and others from Gottlieb's bookstore.
The Christmas card ends (after saying earlier that he has been ill): "p.s. We, too, are finally paying off our debts. Well, as Vonnegut used to say, "so it went." It was for us the worst financial and health-wise period of our lives."
An excellent collection.
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