Thomas Pynchon

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  • Sascha Pöhlmann (Ludwig-Maximilians Universität Munchen)

Thomas Pynchon is one of the most important postmodern writers, and his Gravity's Rainbow (1973) is – arguably – the essential postmodern novel. While this and Pynchon's five other novels, published between 1963 and 2006, attracted critical attention and praise, and while his work continues to be a focus of academic discussion, the author himself is notoriously absent from public view, which has (wrongly) earned him the title of a recluse.

Pynchon refuses to comment on his work in print, with the rare exception of the introduction to his collection of early short stories, Slow Learner (1984); he does not give interviews, and there are only few published photos of him, the best of which date back to 1…

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Pöhlmann, Sascha. "Thomas Pynchon". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 February 2006
[, accessed 29 September 2016.]

Articles on Pynchon's works

  1. Against the Day
  2. Gravity's Rainbow
  3. The Crying of Lot 49

Related Groups

  1. Postmodernist American Fiction