Thomas Pynchon





Thomas Pynchon

Author profile


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

gender
male

genre

influences


About this author

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...more


Average rating: 3.83 · 102,048 ratings · 8,269 reviews · 28 distinct works · Similar authors
The Crying of Lot 49
3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 36,513 ratings — published 1966 — 71 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Gravity's Rainbow
4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 19,692 ratings — published 1973 — 59 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
V.
3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 11,399 ratings — published 1961 — 50 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Inherent Vice
3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 7,693 ratings — published 2009 — 28 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Mason and Dixon
4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 5,172 ratings — published 1997 — 25 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Vineland
3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 5,659 ratings — published 1990 — 26 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Against the Day
4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 3,763 ratings — published 2006 — 21 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Bleeding Edge
3.54 of 5 stars 3.54 avg rating — 3,766 ratings — published 2013 — 10 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Slow Learner: Early Stories
3.47 of 5 stars 3.47 avg rating — 2,461 ratings — published 1984 — 21 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Secret Integration
4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 111 ratings — published 1964
Rate this book
Clear rating
More books by Thomas Pynchon…

Upcoming Events

No scheduled events. Add an event.

“Every weirdo in the world is on my wavelength.”
Thomas Pynchon

“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.

“They're in love. Fuck the war.”
Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow
tags: love, war

Polls

What should we read for our fourth quarter (October through December) 2011 group read?

 
  7 votes 43.8%

 
  4 votes 25.0%

 
  3 votes 18.8%

 
  2 votes 12.5%

 
  0 votes 0.0%

16 total votes
2 comments
More...

Topics Mentioning This Author

topics posts views last activity  
Hipinion: so, a bookclub? 8 66 May 03, 2007 11:00AM  
UC Berkeley iSchool: What's on the holiday stack? 11 85 Nov 14, 2008 02:19PM  
The Next Best Boo...: We have our JUNE group read WINNERS!! 227 743 Jun 02, 2009 02:58PM  
The Next Best Boo...: New Group--Gravity's Rainbow discussion 2 177 Jun 29, 2009 04:22PM  
The Next Best Boo...: Opening Paragraphs 352 1132 Feb 15, 2010 06:12PM  
SciFi and Fantasy...: What are you reading in March 2010? 87 240 Apr 16, 2010 11:53AM  
Book Buying Addic...: Titles A-Z Game 684 507 Apr 21, 2010 07:20PM  
The Book Addicts!: Elaine's TBR list 39 118 Jun 06, 2010 04:49AM  


Is this you? Let us know. If not, help out and invite Thomas to Goodreads.