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  • Thomas Pynchon

    1. 1. English 2205 Dr. C
    2. 2.  Born on May 8th, 1937  Long Island, New York  Graduated from High School at age 16  Salutatorian  Highest English grade  Went to Cornell  After sophomore year left to serve in the Navy  Returned to Cornell  Degree in English
    3. 3.  Wrote 5 short stories in 2 years  “Entropy”  Most famous for his novels  V.  The Crying Lot of 49  Gravity’s Rainbow  Vineland  Mason & Dixon  Won William Faulkner Foundation Award for best first novel of the year  Won the Richard and Hilda Rosenthal Foundation Award for “The Crying of Lot 49”  Another piece by Pynchon was selected for the Pulitzer Prize in Lit. but never received the award  Unreadable, turgid, overwritten, and obscene
    4. 4.  Racism, imperialism and religion  Blurs difference between high and low class  Deconstruction  Defining characteristic of postmodernism  Song lyrics and musical numbers  Physics and Navy background
    5. 5.  “the world’s most famous literary recluse”  Avoided public exposure  Lives in California  Against the Day  November 2006
    6. 6.  Set in Washington, D.C. in February of 1957  Meatball Mulligan throws a huge party  Many strange guests  Random people show up -Saul -College girls -Navy Men  Chaos ensues and Mulligan fixes things for
    7. 7.  A man named Callisto and a girl named Aubade live in a hermetically sealed hothouse  Callisto is holding a dying bird and ranting about the laws of thermodynamics  Aubade checks the temperature frequently and it is always 37 degrees  The bird dies  Aubade breaks the windows
    8. 8.  http://www.pynchon.pomona.edu  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Thomas_Pynchon

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