A Gravity's Rainbow Companion: Sources and Contexts for Pynchon's Novel (Google eBook)

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University of Georgia Press, Mar 15, 2011 - Literary Criticism - 440 pages
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Adding some 20 percent to the original content, this is a completely updated edition of Steven Weisenburger's indispensable guide to Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow. Weisenburger takes the reader page by page, often line by line, through the welter of historical references, scientific data, cultural fragments, anthropological research, jokes, and puns around which Pynchon wove his story. Weisenburger fully annotates Pynchon's use of languages ranging from Russian and Hebrew to such subdialects of English as 1940s street talk, drug lingo, and military slang as well as the more obscure terminology of black magic, Rosicrucianism, and Pavlovian psychology. The Companion also reveals the underlying organization of Gravity's Rainbow--how the book's myriad references form patterns of meaning and structure that have eluded both admirers and critics of the novel.

The Companion is keyed to the pages of the principal American editions of Gravity's Rainbow: Viking/Penguin (1973), Bantam (1974), and the special, repaginated Penguin paperback (2000) honoring the novel as one of twenty "Great Books of the Twentieth Century."

  

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Review: A Gravity's Rainbow Companion: Sources and Contexts for Pynchon's Novel

User Review  - Razvan Zamfirescu - Goodreads

If you really want to feel and understand Thomas Pynchon Gravity Rainbow novel, you'll need this companion as you need air. It was very though for me while I was reading it but, fortunately, I've ... Read full review

Review: A Gravity's Rainbow Companion: Sources and Contexts for Pynchon's Novel

User Review  - James - Goodreads

Very helpful. A bit obsessed at pointing out errors made in various editions of Pynchon's masterpiece, but worth using. Read full review

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Contents

Part 1 Beyond the Zero
13
Part 2 Un Perm au Casino Hermann Goering
121
Part 3 In the Zone
177
Part 4 The Counterforce
319
Bibliography
385
Index
397
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About the author (2011)

Steven C. Weisenburger is Mossiker Chair in Humanities and chair of the English Department at Southern Methodist University. His books include Fables of Subversion: Satire and the American Novel, A Gravity's Rainbow Companion: Sources and Contexts for Pynchon's Novel (both Georgia) and Modern Medea.

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