A Gravity's Rainbow Companion: Sources and Contexts for by Steven C. Weisenburger

By 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 essential consultant to Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow. Weisenburger takes the reader web page by way of web page, usually line through line, in the course of the welter of old references, clinical info, 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 road 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 critical American variants of Gravity's Rainbow: Viking/Penguin (1973), Bantam (1974), and the unique, repaginated Penguin paperback (2000) honoring the unconventional as one among twenty "Great Books of the 20 th Century."

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