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Thomas Pynchon

Author of The Crying of Lot 49

30+ Works 45,421 Members 679 Reviews 353 Favorited

About the Author

Thomas Pynchon was born in Glen Cove, New York on May 8, 1937. In 1959 he graduated with a B.A. in English from Cornell, where he had taken Vladimir Nabokov's famous course in modern literature after studying engineering physics and serving in the U.S. Navy for two years. He worked as a technical show more writer at Boeing for two and a half years. Pynchon won the Faulkner First Novel Award for V. in 1963, and in The Crying of Lot 49 (1966), again his symbolism and commentary on the United States and human isolation have been praised as intricate and masterly, though some reviewers found it to be maddeningly dense. With this book Pynchon won the Rosenthal Foundation Award. Gravity's Rainbow, winner of the National Book Award for Fiction in 1974, is in part a fictional elegy and meditation on death and an encyclopedic work that jumps through time. Pynchon has also written numerous essays, reviews, and introductions, plus the fictional works Slow Learner, Vineland, Mason & Dixon, Against the Day, and Inherent Vice. His title Bleeding Edge made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2013. He is famous for his reclusive nature, although he has made several animated appearances on The Simpsons television series. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Thomas Pynchon

The Crying of Lot 49 (1966) 11,030 copies
Gravity's Rainbow (1973) 10,794 copies
V. (1963) 5,217 copies
Mason & Dixon (1997) 4,636 copies
Vineland (1990) 4,120 copies
Against the Day (2006) 3,195 copies
Inherent Vice (2009) 3,011 copies
Bleeding Edge (2013) 1,637 copies
Slow Learner (1984) 1,488 copies
Deadly Sins (1994) — Contributor — 83 copies
The secret integration (1980) 46 copies
Low-lands (1978) 41 copies
Entropy {story} (1960) 32 copies
The Small Rain (1982) 18 copies

Associated Works

1984 (1949) — Foreword, some editions — 82,329 copies
Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me (1966) — Introduction, some editions — 1,012 copies
Postmodern American Fiction: A Norton Anthology (1997) — Contributor — 278 copies
Inherent Vice [2014 film] (2014) — Original book — 96 copies
Unknown California (1985) — Contributor — 41 copies
The Best American Short Stories 1961 (1961) — Contributor — 10 copies
Best modern short stories (1965) — Contributor — 8 copies
The Noble Savage 3 (1961) — Contributor — 5 copies
Mondaugen — Contributor — 1 copy
Aerospace Safety (1960-12 - Vol 16 No 12) — Contributor — 1 copy
Introduction to Fiction (1974) — Contributor — 1 copy

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Inherent Vice in Pynchon Pandæmonium (August 2022)
Group Read, April 2019: Vineland in 1001 Books to read before you die (May 2019)
The Crying of Lot 49 in Someone explain it to me... (March 2017)
Club Read 2013 : Kesbooks reading plan in Club Read 2013 (June 2013)

Reviews

Decent read, but to be honest also a bit disappointing. I expected more of Pynchon.
 
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Lokileest | 91 other reviews | Apr 2, 2024 |
Thomas Pynchon does Neal Stephenson.
 
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dabacon | 54 other reviews | Mar 14, 2024 |
A strange and gruesome tale of two men in pursuit of an unidentified object. The story of this difficult book is equally evasive. I delved into the story with reckless abandon, fearing that I might never come out.
 
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jwhenderson | 35 other reviews | Feb 28, 2024 |
I will write a longer review later, but as a very general overview: some of Pynchon's novels may be 'better' or 'richer' in some measure of the word, but V is the most beautiful. It has the most heart.
 
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Rating
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Reviews
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ISBNs
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Favorited
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