Thomas Pynchon





Thomas Pynchon


Born
in Glen Cove, Long Island, New York, The United States
May 08, 1937

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Thomas Ruggles Pynchon, Jr. is an American writer based in New York City, noted for his dense and complex works of fiction. Hailing from Long Island, Pynchon spent 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 today: V. (1963), The Crying of Lot 49 (1966), Gravity's Rainbow (1973), Vineland (1990), Mason & Dixon (1997), and Against the Day (2006).

Pynchon is regarded by many readers and critics as one of the finest contemporary authors. He is a MacArthur Fellow and a recipient of the National Book Award, and is regularly cited as a contender for the Nobel Prize in L
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Average rating: 3.83 · 145,852 ratings · 11,479 reviews · 33 distinct works · Similar authors
The Crying of Lot 49

3.71 avg rating — 48,890 ratings — published 1966 — 81 editions
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Gravity's Rainbow

4.03 avg rating — 25,252 ratings — published 1973 — 62 editions
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Inherent Vice

3.69 avg rating — 18,026 ratings — published 2009 — 44 editions
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V.

3.97 avg rating — 14,598 ratings — published 1963 — 57 editions
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Mason & Dixon

4.02 avg rating — 6,691 ratings — published 1997 — 31 editions
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Bleeding Edge

3.55 avg rating — 7,268 ratings — published 2013 — 27 editions
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Vineland

3.66 avg rating — 7,132 ratings — published 1990 — 33 editions
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Against the Day

4.09 avg rating — 4,805 ratings — published 2006 — 27 editions
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Slow Learner: Early Stories

3.48 avg rating — 3,144 ratings — published 1984 — 23 editions
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The Secret Integration

4.17 avg rating — 159 ratings — published 1964
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“Every weirdo in the world is on my wavelength.”
Thomas Pynchon

“If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers.”
Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow

“Life's single lesson: that there is more accident to it than a man can ever admit to in a lifetime and stay sane.”
Thomas Pynchon, V.

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1st Quarter Long Read Classic Poll-January 2015

 
  19 votes, 33.9%

 
  10 votes, 17.9%

1973, Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon, 776 pages
 
  7 votes, 12.5%

 
  6 votes, 10.7%

 
  6 votes, 10.7%

 
  5 votes, 8.9%

1957, Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, 1168 pages
 
  2 votes, 3.6%

1995?, The Man Without Qualities by Robert Musil, 1774 pages
 
  1 vote, 1.8%

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