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Gravity’s Rainbow. by  Thomas Pynchon - Signed First Edition - 1973 - from Raptis Rare Books and Biblio.com

Gravity’s Rainbow.

by Pynchon, Thomas

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New York: The Viking Press, 1973. First edition of Pynchon's National Book Award-winning novel. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Herb Yellin- Regards, Thomas Pynchon." The recipient Herb Yellin, was the publisher and founder of Lord John Press, considered by many to be one of the most important small presses of the 20th century. He formed a friendship with the author, Thomas Pynchon. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with some light wear to the extremities and a closed tear to the rear panel. Jacket design by Marc Getter. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Books signed and inscribed by Pynchon are one of the great rarities of twentieth century literature. Gravity's Rainbow is one of the few truly great novels of the century, and at the same time one of the most disappointing, disturbing, maddening.... One of the most original fictive styles to have been developed since Joyce" (Contemporary Novelists, 1136). It is regarded by many scholars as the greatest American novel published after the end of the second world war, and is "often considered as the postmodern novel, redefining both postmodernism and the novel in general" (Pohllman). Time named it one of its "All-Time 100 Greatest Novels", a list of the best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005.

Thomas Ruggles Pynchon, Jr. is an American novelist. TIME Magazine included the novel in its "All-Time 100 Greatest Novels," a list of the best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005. This novel; Gravity’s Rainbow is a fabulous work of hysterical realism. The story takes place primarily in Europe at the conclusion of World War II. The narrative centers on Tyrone Slothrop who is an American on a mission to locate V-2 rockets that have been manufactured by the German military. The novel describes misadventures of several unusual characters and illustrates the struggle between those who rebel against the war and those who suppress their identity in order to be able to better serve. Although fictional, the story seamlessly integrates actual historical events into the plot. A fascinating work of penetrating analysis regarding the impact technology makes upon society. Nebula Award Nominee for Novel (1973) , National Book Award for Fiction (1974) , William Dean Howells Award


  • Bookseller: Raptis Rare Books US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 7202
  • Title: Gravity’s Rainbow.
  • Author: Pynchon, Thomas
  • Book condition: Used
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: The Viking Press
  • Place: New York
  • Date published: 1973
  • Keywords: Gravity's Rainbow first edition, Gravity's Rainbow Signed First Edition, Thomas Pynchon First Edition


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