Until you’ve consumed all of the best Thomas Pynchon books, can you even claim to be a true fan?
- The Crying of Lot 49 (Perennial Fiction Library) (2006)
- Gravity’s Rainbow (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) (2006)
- V. (Perennial Classics) (2005)
- Bleeding Edge: A Novel (2014)
- Vineland (1990)
- Mason & Dixon: A Novel (2004)
- Inherent Vice: A Novel (2010)
- Against the Day (2007)
- Slow Learner: Early Stories (1985)
- The Cambridge Companion to Thomas Pynchon (Cambridge Companions to Literature) (2012)
- Infinite Jest (2006)
Thomas Pynchon’s classic post-modern satire, which tells the wonderfully unusual story of Oedipa Maas, first published in 1965.When her ex-lover, wealthy real-estate tycoon Pierce Inverarity dies and designates her the co-executor of his estate, California housewife Oedipa Mass is thrust into a paranoid mystery of metaphors, symbol…
Winner of the 1973 National Book Award, Gravity’s Rainbow is a postmodern epic, a work as exhaustively significant to the second half of the twentieth century as Joyce’s Ulysses was to the first. Its sprawling, encyclopedic narrative and penetrating analysis of the impact of technology on society make it an intellectual tour de force.
V. (Perennial Classics) (2005)
The wild, macabre tale of the twentieth century and of two men – one looking for something he has lost, the other with nothing much to lose – and “V.,” the unknown woman of the title.
Bleeding Edge: A Novel (2014)
It is 2001 in New York City, in the lull between the collapse of the dot-com boom and the terrible events of September 11th. Silicon Alley is a ghost town, Web 1.0 is having adolescent angst, Google has yet to IPO, Microsoft is still considered the Evil Empire.
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Mason & Dixon: A Novel (2004)
Charles Mason (1728-1786) and Jeremiah Dixon (1733-1779) were the British surveyors best remembered for running the boundary between Pennsylvania and Maryland that we know today as the Mason-Dixon Line.
Inherent Vice: A Novel (2010)
In this lively yarn, Thomas Pynchon, working in an unaccustomed genre that is at once exciting and accessible, provides a classic illustration of the principle that if you can remember the sixties, you weren’t there. It’s been a while since Doc Sportello has seen his ex- girlfriend. Suddenly she shows up with a story about a plot to kidnap a billionaire land developer whom she just happens to be in love with.
Against the Day (2007)
The inimitable Thomas Pynchon has done it again. Hailed as “a major work of art” by The Wall Street Journal, his first novel in almost ten years spans the era between the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 and the years just after World War I and moves among locations across the globe (and to a few places not strictly speaking on the map at all).
Slow Learner: Early Stories (1985)
Thomas Pynchon’s literary career was launched not with the release of his widely acclaimed first novel, “V., ” but with the publication in literary magazines of the five stories collected here. In his introduction to “Slow Learner” the author reviews his early work with disarming candor and recalls the American cultural landscape of the early post-Beat era in which the stories were written.
The Cambridge Companion to Thomas Pynchon (Cambridge Companions to Literature) (2012)
The most celebrated American novelist of the past half-century, an indispensable figure of postmodernism worldwide, Thomas Pynchon notoriously challenges his readers. This Companion provides tools for meeting that challenge. Comprehensive, accessible, lively, up-to-date and reliable, it approaches Pynchon’s fiction from various angles, calling on the expertise of an international roster of scholars at the cutting edge of Pynchon studies.
Infinite Jest (2006)
A gargantuan, mind-altering comedy about the pursuit of happiness in America.
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Thomas Pynchon In Context
Author(s): Inger H. Dalsgaard
ID: 2387852, Publisher: Cambridge University Press, Year: 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Format: pdf
The Ruins of Urban Modernity: Thomas Pynchon’s Against the Day
Author(s): Utku Mogultay
ID: 2375481, Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic, Year: 2018, Size: 1 Mb, Format: epub
Thomas Pynchon, Sex, and Gender
Author(s): Joanna Freer; Georgios Maragos; Ali Chetwynd
ID: 2382579, Publisher: University of Georgia Press, Year: 2018, Size: 2 Mb, Format: epub
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