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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, this can be a thoroughly up-to-date version of Steven Weisenburger's critical consultant to Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow. Weisenburger takes the reader web page via web page, frequently line by way of line, during the welter of old references, clinical facts, cultural fragments, anthropological study, jokes, and puns round which Pynchon wove his tale. Weisenburger totally annotates Pynchon's use of languages starting from Russian and Hebrew to such subdialects of English as Forties road speak, drug lingo, and army 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 relevant American variants of Gravity's Rainbow: Viking/Penguin (1973), Bantam (1974), and the targeted, repaginated Penguin paperback (2000) honoring the unconventional as certainly one of twenty "Great Books of the 20th Century."

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