Thomas Pynchon

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Harold Bloom
Infobase Publishing, Jan 1, 2009 - 160 pages
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Harold Bloom suggests Mason & Dixon is Thomas Pynchon's masterpiece to date, though he calls The Crying of Lot 49 a visionary romance. This text offers critical essays on these and other works, including V. and Gravity's Rainbow.
  

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fascinating insights throughout. Bloom's essay on Byron the Bulb (page 660 of Gravity's Rainbow) is a must. Read full review

Contents

Users Guide
7
About the Editor
8
Editors Note
9
Introduction
10
Biography of Thomas Pynchon
12
Plot Summary of The Crying of Lot 49
15
List of Characters in The Crying of Lot 49
21
Critical Views on The Crying of Lot 49
23
Plot Summary of Gravitys Rainbow
81
List of Characters in Gravitys Rainbow
88
Critical Views on Gravitys Rainbow
91
Plot Summary of Mason Dixon
116
List of Characters in Mason Dixon
121
Critical Views on Mason Dixon
124
Works by Thomas Pynchon
150
Works about Thomas Pynchon
151

Plot Summary of V
47
List of Characters in V
53
Critical Views on V
57
Acknowledgments
155
Index of Themes and Ideas
158
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

Harold Bloom was born on July 11, 1930 in New York City. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Cornell in 1951 and his Doctorate from Yale in 1955. After graduating from Yale, Bloom remained there as a teacher, and was made Sterling Professor of Humanities in 1983. Bloom's theories have changed the way that critics think of literary tradition and has also focused his attentions on history and the Bible. He has written over twenty books and edited countless others. He is one of the most famous critics in the world and considered an expert in many fields. In 2010 he became a founding patron of Ralston College, a new institution in Savannah, Georgia, that focuses on primary texts. His works include Fallen Angels, Till I End My Song: A Gathering of Last Poems, Anatomy of Influence: Literature as a Way of Life and The Shadow of a Great Rock: A Literary Appreciation of The King James Bible.

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