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 crucial consultant to Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow. Weisenburger takes the reader web page by way of web page, frequently line through line, throughout the welter of ancient references, clinical information, cultural fragments, anthropological examine, 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 Forties highway 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 imperative American variations of Gravity's Rainbow: Viking/Penguin (1973), Bantam (1974), and the distinctive, repaginated Penguin paperback (2000) honoring the unconventional as certainly one of twenty "Great Books of the 20th Century."
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I. Pirate’s counterpart is from the British Army’s “Technical Intelligence” wing. 33 a ’37 Wolseley Wasp Inexpensive two-door sedan, ﬁrst produced by the Wolseley Automobile Company in 1935. 36 distributing Lucky Strikes A popular cigarette brand since 1871, when the R. A. ’s ﬁrst manufactured cigarette. ” (for “Lucky Strike Means Fine Tobacco”). But Slothrop would be unlikely to have “the last Lucky Strike in all Switzerland”; ads for three years had proclaimed, “Lucky Strike Green Has Gone to War,” and as the second best-selling brand worldwide in the 1940s, they’d have been plentiful in occupied Europe.
S. Blackett Can be traced, Javaid Qazi (“Source Materials for Thomas Pynchon’s Fiction” 9) ﬁnds, to a book by the 1948 physics Nobel laureate (for developing the cloud chamber) Patrick M. S. Blackett (1897–1974) entitled Fear, War and the Bomb (New York, 1948). 5 a walking stick with W. C. 28) (pronounced hwa-ke¯n). Fields (1880 – 1946) was the irascible, bibulous, strawberry-nosed dandy of American comic cinema. 15 the mark of Youthful Folly This is Meng, fourth hexagram of The I Ching; or, Book of Changes.
29–30 around the time Emily Dickinson . . was writing This next poem is 997 in the Dickinson canon, written during 1865 as the Civil War was winding down but not published until 1945 in Bolts of Melody. Pynchon quotes the ﬁnal stanza. 5–6 in long rallentando The musical term signiﬁes a gradual slowdown of tempo. In this context, another instance of hysteron proteron. 12–13 Harrimans and Whitneys gone The Aspinwall Hotel ﬁre (see below) destroyed the last great summer watering place in the Berkshires.
A Gravity's Rainbow Companion: Sources and Contexts for Pynchon's Novel (Revised 2nd Edition) by Steven C. Weisenburger