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Thomas Pynchon

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Thomas Pynchon has received an unparalleled amount of criticism in the twenty-five years since the publication of his first novel: two dozen books, dozens of chapters in other books, hundreds of articles, even his own journal. No other novelist has generated as much criticism in as short a time, making Clifford Mead's bibliography a welcome and indispensable guide. Section one catalogues Pynchon's own writings-books, magazine contributions, reprints, translations, and piracies-while section two offers an exhaustive listing of virtually everything that had been written on Pynchon by 1989.
Two special sections enhance the value of this book: one reprints Pynchon's dozen or so endorsements written for other books-most inaccessible or out-of-print-while the other reprints Pynchon's hitherto unknown contributions to his high school newspaper. The book is illustrated throughout with photographs of dust jacket covers (including a trial cover for Gravity's Rainbow), rare ephemera, and pictures of the young Pynchon from his high school yearbook.

"A monument to Pynchon scholarship." (John Krafft, Pynchon Notes Spring-Fall 88)

"Superbly researched . . . exemplary thoroughness." (Steven Weisenburger, American Notes and Queries 1-92)

"This is a valuable contribution to the study of one of our most important and enigmatic novelists." (M. H. Begnal, Choice 10-89)

"In order to get a sense of the academic Pynchon industry, one only need to turn to the . . . Dalkey Archive bibliography." (South Bend Tribune 5-20-90)

"Mead has painstakingly compiled this very complete bibliography which will not doubt be snatched up by the legions of Pynchonites everywhere. . . . Highly handy book to have around." (Beat Scene Spring 90)

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