Days and Years is Immanuel Velikovskys autobiography down to 1939, when he was forty-four years old. That was the year he and his family came to the United States. He was then just on the threshold of the far-reaching discoveries that were to change the course of his life.
Certainly there will be no shortage of biographical materials from the last forty years of Velikovskys life, a period that was so rich in research, writing, correspondence, lecturing, and controversy. But Velikovsky did not continue his own life story past the year 1939. We have his working titleOff the Mooringfor the post-1939 portion of his autobiography, but this was never written. Velikovsky was always greatly interested in finding just the right titles for his books, and Off the Mooring would have been a particularly apt title for the story of his bold and unfettered voyages of discovery. Perhaps some future biographer of Velikovsky may still use that title.
Though Days and Years stops at 1939, the years that followed are covered in part by some of Velikovskys other books and writings. Thus Stargazers and Gravediggers covers the period from 1939 to 1955. The emphasis is upon the story of Velikovskys research and writing and of the criticisms and other reactions that his work provoked. Nevertheless, there is much personal detail in that story, as there is also in Before the Day Breaks, Velikovskys account of his relationship with Albert Einstein. Both Stargazers and Gravediggers and Before the Day Breaks may be considered semi-autobiographical, though neither book was intended by Velikovsky as autobiography.
Lynn E. Rose