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  Thomas Pynchon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Pynchon is also known for his avoidance of personal publicity: very few photographs of him have ever been published, and rumors about his location and identity have been circulated since the 1960s.
Thomas Pynchon was born in 1937 in Glen Cove, Long Island, New York, one of three children of Thomas Ruggles Pynchon, Sr.
Indeed, claims that Pynchon was the Unabomber or a sympathizer with the Waco Branch Davidians after the 1993 siege were upstaged in the mid-1990s by the invention of an elaborate rumor insinuating that Pynchon and one "Wanda Tinasky" were the same person.
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 Thomas Pynchon - MSN Encarta
Thomas Pynchon, born in 1937, American novelist, known for his experimental writing techniques that involve extremely complicated plots and themes.
Pynchon’s books generally portray a vast social network made up of the industrial, military, mass-communication, and entertainment systems that developed during World War II (1939-1945).
Pynchon’s novels are broad in scope and use scientific theories, historical facts, and details of popular culture with great accuracy.
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 Thomas Pynchon - A Passion for Secrecy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Perhaps the most enigmatic American literary figure of the latter half of the twentieth century, Thomas Pynchon is renowned for his passion for secrecy, in both his private and professional life.
Pynchon also describes his role as best man at the wedding of fellow author Richard Farina, who would die tragically in a motorcycle accident two years later.
The Pynchon material at the Ransom Center should prove of great scholarly value and is a welcome addition to a growing collection of later twentieth-century literary materials.
www.hrc.utexas.edu /news/newsletters/2001/spring/pynchon2.html   (364 words)

  
 Britain.tv Wikipedia - Thomas Pynchon
Pynchon's family background and aspects of his ancestry have provided source material for his fictions, particularly in the Slothrop family histories related in "The Secret Integration"?title=(1964) and Gravity's Rainbow.
In his article, Siegel reveals that Pynchon had a complex about his teeth and underwent extensive and painful reconstructive surgery, was nicknamed "Tom"?title=at Cornell and attended Mass diligently, acted as best man at Siegel's wedding, and that he later also had an affair with Siegel's wife.
Indeed, claims that Pynchon was the Unabomber or a sympathizer with the Waco Branch Davidians after the 1993 siege were upstaged in the mid-1990s by the invention of an elaborate rumor insinuating that Pynchon and one "Wanda Tinasky"?title=were the same person.
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 GradeSaver: ClassicNote: Biography of Thomas Pynchon   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
In turn, Pynchon would comment on the dust jackets of Fari?a's novels, exulting their shared ability to "spin the reader." Before this time came, however, Pynchon refused several fellowships in 1958, such as the Wilson Fellowship, and he turned down opportunities to teach creative writing for Cornell and to fill an editorial post for Esquire.
Pynchon lived mostly in seclusion and generally as a nomad, a lifestyle he likely continues through the present.
Pynchon won the Howells Medal of the National Institute of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Letters as well but rejected the prize.
www.gradesaver.com /classicnotes/authors/about_thomas_pynchon.html   (938 words)

  
 Charles Hollander — Pynchon’s Inferno
According to Pynchon, the fls have become paranoid, interpreting all activity of the white leadership, even of the liberal members of the humanist establishment, as denying them their true cultural heritage and as so assimilationist as to be genocidal.
Pynchon’s family is a clan of bluebloods who were misguided enough to align themselves with the wrong side during not one, but two American Revolutions, one in the eighteenth century and one in the twentieth century, and who have suffered social and economic reversals as a consequence.
Pynchon says that World War II was a corporate war reflecting those technologies, that for many their “first loyalty, legal and moral, is to the estate [corporation] she represents.
www.ottosell.de /pynchon/inferno.htm   (7028 words)

  
 Smoking Dope with Thomas Pynchon: A Sixties Memoir
Pynchon was in town, staying with her and her boyfriend.
Pynchon is no nerd, but the relative banality of his conversation that evening ("Hey man, would you like a joint?") and his reticence made it hard to get a focus on the man behind the books.
Pynchon arrived in Berkeley in the early sixties a young man with a lot of hangups to overcome; that place and that time helped to liberate him, as they did so many of us.
www.clas.ufl.edu /users/agordon/pynchon.htm   (6064 words)

  
 CNN - Where's Thomas Pynchon? - June 5, 1997
NEW YORK (CNN) -- Thomas Pynchon is an enigma shrouded in a mystery veiled in anonymity.
When a CNN camera crew caught up with Pynchon in Manhattan recently, he phoned back to strongly request that he not be pointed out to viewers in any videotape (a request which, after much debate, CNN opted to honor).
Pynchon himself rejects any characterizations of him as a recluse, telling CNN that "my belief is that recluse is a code word generated by journalists...
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 Thomas Pynchon
Thomas Pynchon is a reclusive American novelist possessed by a certain eclectic genius, an architect of literary structures that range from immense tesseracts to tiny, perfect gems.
Thomas Pynchon returns with a novel as astonishing, as kaleidoscopic, as funny, and as satisfying as that legendary work.
Here is their story as re-imagined by Thomas Pynchon, in an updated eighteenth-century novel featuring Native Americans and frontier folk, ripped bodices, naval warfare, conspiracies erotic and political, major caffeine abuse.
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 Thomas Pynchon
Salinger, Pynchon has dodged publicity to the point where his reclusiveness has defined his public image, creating a rich environment for speculation and rumor about the man himself.
Throughout the 1990s scholars and fans debated whether Pynchon was really the man behind The Letters of Wanda Tinasky to the AVA, a collection of letters written in the late '80s to a central California newspaper.
Thomas Pynchon - Pynchon, Thomas, 1937–, American novelist, b.
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 Thomas Pynchon Biography and List of Works - Thomas Pynchon Books
Thomas Pynchon was born in Glen Cove, Long Island, New York to Thomas Ruggles Pynchon, Sr.
Pynchon's second novel, The Crying of Lot 49, is short, witty and relatively accessible - but even so the plot is too elaborate and absurd to fit into a brief summary.
Pynchon lives in Manhattan, New York City with his wife and agent, Melanie Jackson, and their son, Jackson Pynchon.
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 Thomas Pynchon and the South Bay
Thomas Pynchon burst onto the literary scene in 1963 with the publication of his first novel "V," which won its author the William Faulkner First Novel award.
This is what we know: Pynchon was born May 8, 1937 in Glen Cove, N.Y. He graduated from Oyster Bay High School in 1953, enrolled at Cornell University, did a turn in the Navy and then returned to Cornell where he received his B.A. in 1959.
According to Hall, Pynchon spent a lot of time at a local hangout called the Fractured Cow, and was also known to put away a burrito or two at a little Mexican joint on Rosecrans Avenue called El Tarasco, which is still a popular place today.
www.theaesthetic.com /NewFiles/pynchon.html   (2136 words)

  
 Thomas Pynchon / HyperArts
Don't believe what you've heard, and here's what you've probably heard: Thomas Pynchon's novels are brilliant but difficult; the multiple plots twist and turn and rarely resolve; there are a gazillion characters; you'll need a dictionary and an encyclopedia to understand all the scientific metaphors and obscure words.
But one must be reminded that beneath the wide-ranging erudition and complexity there beats a rock 'n' roll heart, and the daunting mystery and "high seriousness" is counterbalanced by flights of zany (and often quite dark) humor.
Pynchon List, an email list-serve group on the internet composed of bright and opinionated folks who delight in discussing and arguing the significance of events and characters in Pynchon's canon, quoting favorite passages, discovering ever new connections (and occasionally suckered by "Kute Korrespondences") and endlessly probing the seemingly infinite moiré of interconnected meanings.
www.hyperarts.com /pynchon/newbies.html   (1054 words)

  
 Guardian Unlimited Books | By genre | Have you seen this man?
Thomas Pynchon's career as one of the 20th century's most elusive celebrities began in 1963.
Rather than a "journey into the mind" of Thomas Pynchon, it is a journey into the minds of those who can never be satisfied with some of the greatest American fiction of the 20th century, who need a face to hang it on.
But Pynchon's lasting victory, in his novels, is to have insisted on the primacy of voice in an economy of evanescent image.
books.guardian.co.uk /departments/generalfiction/story/0,6000,950245,00.html   (1394 words)

  
 Heath Anthology of American LiteratureThomas Pynchon - Author Page
Thomas Ruggles Pynchon, Jr., came into the collective consciousness of late-twentieth- and early-twenty-first-century American culture largely through the use (and abuse) of the labels “Pynchonian” and “Pynchonesque,” which sprang up after the publication of his mammoth novel Gravity’s Rainbow.
It is generally believed that Pynchon lived in Aptos, a small town in northern California, for much of the 1980s, during which he produced his novel Vineland (1990) and possibly wrote a series of letters to a small local newspaper using the pseudonym Wanda Tinasky.
Pynchon himself evinced considerable disdain for the story in the introduction to Slow Learner: “The story is a fine example of a procedural error beginning writers are always cautioned against.
college.hmco.com /english/lauter/heath/4e/students/author_pages/contemporary/pynchon_th.html   (917 words)

  
 pynchonoid
Thomas Pynchon, the reclusive, award-winning author of "Gravity's Rainbow," "V," "Mason & Dixon" and "Vineland," is finishing up a new novel, and the book will go on sale in December, his publisher announced this week.
Pynchon's new novel, his first since "Mason and Dixon" in 1997, is shrouded in mystery, as were many of his previous books before publication.
Pynchon's Politics: The Presence of an Absence by Charles Hollander (Pynchon Notes 26-27, spring-fall 1990, pp.
www.pynchonoid.blogspot.com   (1841 words)

  
 LitKicks: Thomas Pynchon
In Pynchon's imagined depiction one of the two is manic, one is depressive, and they go on exciting adventures around Colonial America, encountering Indians, ripped bodices and all kinds of fun.
In-between publishing his own work, Pynchon has penned countless blurbs for many others, among them Don DeLillo, Tom Robbins, Spike Jones, and a New-York based early 90s indie pop band, Lotion, for whose CD he wrote liner notes (they were connected to him through one of their parents, who gave Pynchon financial advice).
Pynchon is the kind of author who inspires rabid fandom, sort of like a Patti Smith.
www.litkicks.com /BeatPages/page.jsp?what=ThomasPynchon   (1878 words)

  
 Thomas Pynchon Bibliography
Discusses the significance of studying stories by Thomas Pynchon within their full textual history in understanding his place within popular media and his responses to the consumer culture through which he developed his initial authorial image.
The meetings are aimed to examine Pynchon's various scholarship by close readings of his texts, works relating to it and more importantly to provide a forum for discussion and debate.
For each of Pynchon's major novels there is a glossary of characters, terms, and allusions that Pynchon makes in that novel, and pages of reviews and print resources.
www.albany.edu /~ef688479/isp605/pathfinder.htm   (2662 words)

  
 Thomas Pynchon / HyperArts
On Sunday, February 20 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT), the official 16th season premiere of THE SIMPSONS was aired, whereon actor James Caan and writer Thomas Pynchon guest-starred as themselves.
In the January 25, 2004 episode of the Simpsons, Pynchon did his own voice for his character.
The meat of this website is the indices to Thomas Pynchon's three "big" novels —; V.
www.hyperarts.com /pynchon   (643 words)

  
 Thomas Pynchon - Wikiquote
Pynchon's response to Jules Siegel about the complexity of V, as quoted in "Who Is Thomas Pynchon...
He understood it to be another deep nudge from forces unseen, almost surely connected with the letter that had come along with his latest mental-disability check, reminding him that unless he did something publicly crazy before a date now less than a week away, he would no longer qualify for benefits.
Thomas Pynchon is an enigma shrouded in a mystery veiled in anonymity.
en.wikiquote.org /wiki/Thomas_Pynchon   (2226 words)

  
 The Thomas Pynchon Connection
Thomas Pynchon (1937 -) is a contemporary Amercian author of the first rank, creator of several marvelously intricate novels.
Pynchon also seems to have spent some time listening closely to jazz in the late fifties, and the inclusion of allusions and echoes of that jazz scene provides additional enjoyment for those of us who also know jazz.
Pynchon introduces him in a remarkable section (page 47 in my Bantam edition) with a whole series of links, allusions, echoes, and satirical reflections of the late 1950's and Ornette Coleman's legendary Five Spot appearance in Greenwich Village.
home.att.net /~dawild/oc_pynchon.htm   (857 words)

  
 From Revolution to Reconstruction: Outlines: Outline of American Literature: American Prose Since 1945: Realism and ...
Thomas Pynchon, a mysterious, publicity-shunning author, was born in New York and graduated from Cornell University in 1958, where he may have come under the influence of Vladimir Nabokov.
This paranoid vision is extended across continents and time itself, for Pynchon employs the metaphor of entropy, the gradual running down of the universe.
Pynchon's work V is loosely structured around Benny Profane -- a failure who engages in pointless wanderings and various weird enterprises -- and his opposite, the educated Herbert Stencil, who seeks a mysterious female spy, V (alternatively Venus, Virgin, Void).
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 The Memory Hole > Thomas Pynchon's Unseen Writings for Boeing May Get Published
Given that his output is not prodigious, his legions of fans have meticulously tracked down every word he's ever written, displaying the same zeal as Elizabethan scholars hunting for anything that came from Shakespeare's pen.
Thomas Pynchon did write articles for a monthly Boeing field service publication that ran during the 50s and 60s.
Recently we allowed a literary researcher to aquire copies of the publications in an effort to determine which articles are Pynchon's.
www.thememoryhole.org /lit/pynchon-boeing.htm   (381 words)

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