According to Wikipedia and various other popular biographical sketches of Philip K Dick, at least some of the events of his novel VALIS correspond to real life experiences. Specifically, the information about his son's critical health issue.

Are there any sources beyond VALIS itself that confirm that the surgery event actually happened?

What, if anything, else in VALIS corresponds to verifiable autobiographical events?

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    Great question. The Exegesis referenced in VALIS is a real book that Dick wrote up until the end of his life. It is 8000 pages and has been released as an abridged 800 page version. I hope someone with the time fully answers this question!
    – DampeS8N
    Commented Sep 19, 2013 at 2:02
  • Thanks for bringing up the Exegesis. However, I'm interested in sources other than Dick himself. Commented Sep 20, 2013 at 5:03

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Here is a link to an interview with Tessa Dick where she confirms the story: An interview with Tessa Dick


There is a great Documentary called "Philip K Dick: The Penultimate Truth"


It's mostly interviews with people he knew personally (Including Tessa Dick). It delves into the surgery events where he supposedly had the theophany which inspired the Valis works.

This answer is mainly in response to the question "Are there any other sources...?" in case anyone would be interested.

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    How does this answer the question? Please clarify if and how this is a source that the question is looking for.
    – amflare
    Commented Nov 15, 2017 at 20:04

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