Chapter 40. Thomas Pynchon

  1. David Seed Professor
  1. Ian Copestake President

Published Online: 5 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310108.ch40

A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction

A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction

How to Cite

Copestake, I. (2009) Thomas Pynchon, in A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction (ed D. Seed), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444310108.ch40

Editor Information

  1. University of Liverpool, UK

Author Information

  1. Frankfurt, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 16 OCT 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405146913

Online ISBN: 9781444310108

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Keywords:

  • Thomas Pynchon's biography;
  • The Crying of Lot 49 (1966) and Gravity's Rainbow (1973);
  • Pynchon's first novel - V., opening on Christmas Eve, 1955;
  • Gravity's Rainbow (1973) - rockets becoming central to Pynchon's focus;
  • Pynchon's 1966 novel - allusions to myriad explanations and revelations as Oedipa Maas;
  • Gravity's Rainbow - World War II, threat of long-range V-2 rockets;
  • Slow Learner - Early Stories (1984);
  • Mason & Dixon, 1997 - seeing the author return to the epic scale;
  • Pynchon's first novel, V., - Benny Profane's failure in fitting in with routine existence

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • References and Further Reading