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 vital advisor to Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow. Weisenburger takes the reader web page via web page, usually line through line, in the course of the welter of ancient references, medical info, cultural fragments, anthropological study, 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 Nineteen Forties highway speak, drug lingo, and army slang in addition to the extra imprecise terminology of black magic, Rosicrucianism, and Pavlovian psychology.

The Companion additionally finds 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 important American versions of Gravity's Rainbow: Viking/Penguin (1973), Bantam (1974), and the specified, repaginated Penguin paperback (2000) honoring the radical as one among twenty "Great Books of the 20th Century."

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41 RAF dogs Royal Air Force, used to hunt for survivors and corpses. 12 under a Morrison shelter Named for Minister of Home Security Herbert Morrison, these “crushproof steel tables” were designed to double as bomb shelters (Irving, Mare’s Nest 80) but proved useless against V-2s. 8 – 38n. 4n). 28–29 Slothrop’s Progress, London the secular city instructs him Figures Tyrone as profane pilgrim, perhaps a secular version of John Bunyan’s hero in the Puritan classic of 1678, The Pilgrim’s Progress, from this World to that which is to Come (Delivered under the Similitude of a Dream).

Are the Crown Jewelers located on Regent Street and would be the place to have one’s “twin silver hairbrushes” engraved with such an insignia. 24 this dripping winter noon From the eleventh until the eighteenth of December 1944, London was held in the grip of a cold fog that blew in from the south. Temperatures held in the upper thirties. “Bleak in the Streets” is how the Times described it on December 15. 1–3n). 26 Grosvenor Square Located in the Mayfair district, the square is the London home of the American Embassy and Consulate General and thus the residence and workplace of numerous Americans connected with the diplomatic corps.

24 this dripping winter noon From the eleventh until the eighteenth of December 1944, London was held in the grip of a cold fog that blew in from the south. Temperatures held in the upper thirties. “Bleak in the Streets” is how the Times described it on December 15. 1–3n). 26 Grosvenor Square Located in the Mayfair district, the square is the London home of the American Embassy and Consulate General and thus the residence and workplace of numerous Americans connected with the diplomatic corps. 14 – 15) is the major thoroughfare two blocks north of the square.

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