Thomas Pynchon Essay - Thomas Pynchon Short Fiction Analysis

Thomas Pynchon Short Fiction Analysis

Not counting two excerpts from his second novel, which were printed in popular magazines, Thomas Pynchon has published a number of short stories, one of them, “The Small Rain,” in a college literary magazine, as well as the collection Slow Learner: Early Stories. Nevertheless, the stories are important in themselves and as aids to understanding Pynchon’s novels. Most of the stories were written before the publication of Pynchon’s first novel, V., and share the thematic concerns of that novel. The characters of these stories live in a modern wasteland devoid of meaningful life, which they seek either to escape or to redeem. Often they feel that the world itself is about to end, either in a final cataclysm...

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