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 variation of Steven Weisenburger's essential advisor to Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow. Weisenburger takes the reader web page by means of web page, usually line by means of line, in the course of the welter of ancient references, clinical facts, cultural fragments, anthropological learn, 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 Nineteen 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 important American versions of Gravity's Rainbow: Viking/Penguin (1973), Bantam (1974), and the detailed, repaginated Penguin paperback (2000) honoring the unconventional as one among twenty "Great Books of the 20th Century."

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A Gravity's Rainbow Companion: Sources and Contexts for Pynchon's Novel (Revised 2nd Edition)

Including a few 20 percentage to the unique content material, this can be a thoroughly up to date version of Steven Weisenburger's imperative consultant to Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow. Weisenburger takes the reader web page via web page, frequently line through line, in the course of the welter of ancient references, medical facts, cultural fragments, anthropological examine, jokes, and puns round which Pynchon wove his tale.

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Garrard and Company Ltd. 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.

40–41 one proper Sherlock Holmes London evening Fog and preternatural quiet are the usual conditions in Conan Doyle’s detective novels. 8 It was a giant Adenoid The fantastic creature disappears from GR after this analeptic appearance, but a thinly disguised Richard M. Nixon, as “adenoidal” theater manager Richard M. 34). In typical monster-movie fashion, this creature is “as big as St. Paul’s, “ the London cathedral atop Ludgate Hill measuring 250 by 515 feet. Lodged in the pharynx of Lord Blatherard Osmo, this roving Adenoid satirizes the nasal characteristics of upper-crust British speech; at least, it satirizes how that speech sounds to preterite ears.

This appropriation of Zipf’s data thus tallies with numerous other images in GR, where the arch, the parabola, and the bow loom as signs of disturbance and pathology. For useful background on Gloaming’s comments see Zipf on “Pathological Language” (PsychoBiology 216 –18). 5 Falkman and His Apache Band Another band name lifted from the Times of London BBC broadcasting schedules. M. on December 26), but his recordings might have appeared on the “Top Ten” or “Forces Favorites” shows that aired every evening, ten to midnight.

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