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date: 14 June 2024

Pynchon, Thomaslocked

Pynchon, Thomaslocked

  • David Ryan


Thomas Pynchon is regarded among the leading figures of postwar American literature, in particular the postmodern school, which includes writers such as William Gaddis, John Barth, Robert Coover, William Gass, and Donald Barthelme. He was born Thomas Ruggles Pynchon, in Glen Cove, New York, on 8 May 1937. His earliest published writing appeared in his high school newspaper, the Oyster Bay Purple and Gold, under various pen names: Boscoe Stein, Roscoe Stein, and Bosc. Pynchon graduated from high school in 1953 and attended Cornell University, majoring in engineering physics. He left school temporarily to serve a two-year tour of duty in the navy as a signal corpsman. Afterward, he returned to Cornell and changed majors, earning a B.A. in English in 1959 and working on the university literary magazine.


  • North American Literatures

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