Main Stream Novels

Confessions of a Crap Artist The Broken Bubble Gather Yourselves Together Humpty Dumpty in Oakland The Man Whose Teeth Were All Exactly Alike Mary and the Giant In Milton Lumky Territory Puttering About in a Small Land Voices from the Street

The Mainstream Novels of Philip K. Dick

While he was publishing science fiction stories in Pulp Magazines by the dozens in the 50's, Philip K. Dick was also aspiring at being recognized as a "literary" writer. During this period he wrote several mainstream realistic novels but none got published at the time. The first to be published (and the only one to be published during his life time) is Confessions of a Crap Artist (written in 1959, published in 1975). It was not until 1984 that another of his mainstream novel (The Man Whose Teeth Were All Exactly Alike, written 1960) made it to the bookstores. With the publication of Voices From The Street in 2007 (written in 1952) nine mainstream novels have been published today. A number of manuscripts for mainstream novels from the mid 50's have not been published including A time for George Stavros, which has been repeatedly rejected by the publishers and Pilgrim on the Hill. The materials of the former was used to write Humpty Dumpty in Oakland and the manuscript of the latter was lost.

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Mainstream Novels in Chronological Order of Publication

  1. Confessions of a Crap Artist (1975, w. 1959)
  2. The Man Whose Teeth Were All Exactly Alike (1975, w. 1960)
  3. Puttering About In A Small Land (1985, w. 1957)
  4. In Milton Lumky Territory (1986, w. 1958)
  5. Humpty Dumpty in Oakland (1987, w. 1960)
  6. Mary And The Giant (1987, w. 1953)
  7. The Broken Bubble (1988, w. 1956)
  8. Gather Yourselves Together (1994, w. 1952)
  9. Voices From The Street (2007, w. 1952)

February 17, 2009 — Reedition of an old Mainstream Novel

The Man Whose Teeth Were All Exactly Alike – (Tor 2009, 304 pages, $25.95).
This book, which was out of print for more than 20 years, was written in the winter and spring of 1960, in Point Reyes Station, CA, immediately after Confessions of a Crap Artist; This novel, Dick said, is about Leo Runcible, “a brilliant, civic minded liberal Jew living in a rural WASP town in Marin County, California.” Runcible, a real estate agent involved in a local battle with a neighbor, finds what look like Neanderthal bones and dreams of rising real estate prices because of the publicity. Order from Amazon.com.