A "Gravity's Rainbow" Companion: Sources and Contexts for Pynchon's Novel (2nd Revised edition)
By: Steven Weisenburger (author)Hardback
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Adding some 20 percent to the original content, this is a completely updated edition of the indispensable guide to Thomas Pynchon's "Gravity's Rainbow". Steven Weisenburger takes the reader page by page, often line by line, through the welter of historical references, scientific data, cultural fragments, anthropological research, jokes, and puns around which Pynchon wove his story.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."
Steven C. Weisenburger is Mossiker Chair in Humanities and Chair of the English Department at Southern Methodist University. His books include Fables of Subversion (Georgia) and Modern Medea.
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2nd Revised edition
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