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Gravity’s Rainbow Companion Sources and Contexts for Pynchon’s Novel by Steven Weisenburger ‘The University of Georgia Press (1988 bythe niet Gee eight Seria Mepnsher Tp er “Te perish nk thin or bar of Cong Cag a Pabetin Dae hab: 1 Pecan Tomas. Canty aon 1 The ISBN 04055 alk pape |SBN 0001063 pb alk pee ih ier Calging ia Pn Dae Contents ‘Acknowledgments / vit Introduction / 1 Part Beyond the Zero /13 Pad Un Perm’ au Casino Hermann Goering / 103 Pere In the Zone 147 Pad The Counterfrce | 261 bibliography / 317 Index /329 Acknowledgments many way dl this Yok ws fun It meant reaiogs a Amica x vemacilat geography, ad tory yearald news perio —to ‘penton usta ee Sle I wanred ino” Aw discovery each week, t the pea of my research, Krwas sometimes eons but alvays eo ‘wad ease offends and colleagues who rook an interest. am tll {oul eld ialong Roger Sl, fortwo reson or showing tht oe fealdenoy thee serenlptns pat of acbolaiip and for abaing is ‘ean of Crevity’s Rainbow when he novel was et pblised. Maesen {Gls or suggesting 197 de Ishould write tis book {poe lea lor for yar butonce underway was helped snambe of iad And colenges Saf members athe M1 King Liar at he Unter of enescky povided invaluable siance, and Lepeily want to thank [otras one nd Batbara Wight of eriar Loan a ella Rob Ae, Dan fale, Bal Grissom, ad Lut Rein of King Libary Reference. See ‘ea Moos ret ome ilar poet on Ga’ The Recognition rade Wise wgestons a prepared the fist dae Molly Hite ate suggestions Indeacourgement Toalll Pynchon’ schol ede, acknowl i the mntes an ted in che bibliography, | owe lnnumeabe eb, Cl. lenge tthe Univerty of Kentucky answered wht moat hae sce (he oldest posible salmagunis of ques ant request For tee lp ad acoutgeaent am especial tefl o Tom Ale, Geld Aly, Roget [Andeson, Tom Blues, Je Bryan, John Cael, Guy Davenp, oe Grrr, an Jon Shawcross. Thanks 10 Bob Henenwy for supporting the ‘wok whe he war chairman, adn parclr for helping mein de {nd time of rom my departmental resonable ats nla ine The {exeach and pepsin othe bok wee anise by nt fom the Un ‘ery of entchy Research Foundation To compete ina at also ‘managed eo steal time fom anatber prot that was Belo assisted by 2 {ant tom the National Endowment fo the Humanities. ais Bolter td lr epe jb ol copyediting down othe ls line our reference, And a {he Unierty of Georg Pre Debrs Water ha ued thi poet lth ee fal he deta that aes, Agi hank al ly to Suse, sl ny best end, eho hows this projet ss al Inst this book's or you. Introduction Ut et dele of Gravity's Ralnbaw was wnt out a nest, ny ‘esiptoneagnets quale paper The Me ad grown pat ing + wit in Mex fom the wring nV Pynchon fe tye shad ben put and lor secon hk, The ying of Lar 4 Pn Sieh seem to have forgotten mos of what | hough 1 leaned pl then," be would later lament too hah exe of his oe work [Sor ‘earner 2 was completed i southern Caloris New York Vit. tos to is caveite rooms perchol two Blocks up rm the Pcie x Mas haan each Lon Angele rob, really ao deh and vom bk Selves One ruling spn of the place was a monkish impermanence foe, his wm nanchalan eccetety.Aranged onthe shelves wee te ssoument of piggy banks sd cyt books ato swine, He delighted {at's wale who cold pool Shiley Temple singing On the Good Ship Lipp" On is desk were depots staty various eter mi. fells sod tore nde sects Atop them sod a roche contacted ‘och tone of leno found bet penal eye exter (he Kind ‘which ou pel ofthe eolacrew wraper) with medle e nove ads ‘eft paper lip serving as chip ‘Gravy Rainbow was leased on Ferry 2, 1973, war the ately ical sig of Pisces, he watery house of deans and dle, °Malaes ‘pewstthin torent, endorse incarnate” wt Publishers Why WichacM Noxon, satiised nthe novell paras Rcd M,Z, sea retaing to "ihe Wateate mesa an bese labia one ‘ters and mucho the ation sil beleed him "Thomas Pynchon’ big bok gucky cnfemed hi atone of the few owls of tapecedentel enn t reget the pnt ra, Hen wat the Great American Novels ast The reviewers vt commparany terete Moby Dick and Ulates.There wast vermarable ay ove the Pulte: sar with jigs so sharply ddd agains asec over the book tat no swardin ton was gven—the oly yar is ever happened “here vas as Howells ela forte none ut pesking ou Pen etl a up comic vin Corey made ight of the honor That enti oops bs long since ye eo more sober aseasmente of Fymchon’s secheveent, bats cs have also tended toward supe ‘Tony Tanner (75, for isan, haste tok "both ce ofthe pest ‘Tony Tenner (75), for instance, heile the book es “both one of the great 2 aude tance tov Rainbow hasbeen pblsbed in French Rainbow, 1975 {Geman [as De aden de urbe, 1981, a Spanish as Baro de edad, 1975) Epos ofthe bok have ben watlated to fp ee Though ll of thi, Python ha manly gud hs rvcy, Ose tps i maa be kei yokes few ket By ‘coats to his own another work an br nd very eth ‘Spleoneeany forthe New ik Time ok Review There av feito ‘rtm forcing work. 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