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

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

Steven C. Weisenburger

including a few 20 percentage to the unique content material, it is a thoroughly up to date variation of Steven Weisenburger's vital advisor to Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow. Weisenburger takes the reader web page via web page, frequently line through line, in the course of the welter of historic references, clinical facts, cultural fragments, anthropological learn, jokes, and puns round which Pynchon wove his tale. Weisenburger absolutely annotates Pynchon's use of languages starting from Russian and Hebrew to such subdialects of English as Forties highway speak, drug lingo, and armed forces slang in addition to the extra vague terminology of black magic, Rosicrucianism, and Pavlovian psychology. The Companion additionally unearths the underlying association of Gravity's Rainbow--how the book's myriad references shape styles of that means and constitution that experience eluded either admirers and critics of the novel.
The Companion is keyed to the pages of the imperative American variants of Gravity's Rainbow: Viking/Penguin (1973), Bantam (1974), and the specific, repaginated Penguin paperback (2000) honoring the unconventional as one in all twenty "Great Books of the 20 th Century."

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