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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 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)
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The Crying of Lot 49 10,162 copies, 175 reviews
Gravity's Rainbow 9,860 copies, 131 reviews
V. 4,783 copies, 33 reviews
Mason & Dixon 4,262 copies, 37 reviews
Vineland 3,818 copies, 38 reviews
Against the Day 2,948 copies, 56 reviews
Inherent Vice 2,651 copies, 82 reviews
Bleeding Edge 1,405 copies, 48 reviews
Slow Learner 1,363 copies, 18 reviews
Deadly Sins (Contributor) 77 copies
Low-lands 39 copies
Entropy 31 copies
The Small Rain 16 copies
Nineteen Eighty-Four (Foreword, some editions) 71,990 copies, 1,166 reviews
Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me (Introduction, some editions) 939 copies, 16 reviews
Postmodern American Fiction: A Norton Anthology (Contributor) 259 copies, 1 review
Inherent Vice [2015 film] (Original book) 73 copies, 2 reviews
Unknown California (Contributor) 41 copies, 1 review
The Best American Short Stories 1961 (Contributor) 11 copies
The Noble Savage 3 (Contributor) 4 copies
Introduction to Fiction (Contributor) 1 copy

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Thomas Ruggles Pynchon Jr. (born May 8, 1937) is an American novelist. A MacArthur Fellow, he is noted for his dense and complex novels. His fiction and non-fiction writings encompass a vast array of subject matter, genres and themes, including history, music, science, and mathematics. For Gravity's Rainbow, Pynchon won the 1973 U.S. National Book Award for Fiction.

Pynchon served two years in the United States Navy and earned an English degree from Cornell University. After publishing several short stories in the late 1950s and early 1960s, he began composing the novels for which he is best known: V. (1963), The Crying of Lot 49 (1966), and Gravity's Rainbow (1973). His 2009 novel Inherent Vice was adapted into a feature film of the same name by director Paul Thomas Anderson in 2014. Pynchon is notoriously reclusive; few photographs of him have been published, and rumors about his location and identity have circulated since the 1960s. Pynchon's most recent novel, Bleeding Edge, was published on September 17, 2013.
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