Thomas Pynchon, the mythical and hidden writer who only gives signs of life with his books

What Salinger, Harper Lee, Giuseppe Tomasi of Lampedusa, Delibes either cella, thomas pynchon He became famous with his first novel, V. From then on the myth began to grow like a shapeless mass due to the jealous anonymity of the author whose work grew in weight and prestige with each new work published. Little can be told about the life of the mysterious author, of whom there are hardly a few photographs of youth made when he was not yet the literary monster of today. Sixty years of creation for “only” eight novels and a volume of short stories that prefigured the previous ones are the ones that The Huntington Library, Museum of Art and Botanical Gardens have acquired: Pynchon’s treasure that includes typed texts, handwritten notes, drafts or letters to discover the way and methods of the hidden writer, like those hidden young people who only went out at night and in the end turned out to be vampires.

Writer at Boeing

“Bringing a writer of Pynchon’s caliber to The Huntington is an expression of our long-standing investment in American history and culture, while also underscoring our commitment to 20th-century and contemporary literature,” he said. Karen R Lawrence, president of The Huntington. The author of Gravity’s Rainbow was born on Long Island in 1937. He attended Cornell University and served two years in the Navy, after which he worked as a manual writer for Boeing before becoming a hippie while writing V, published in 1963 and winner of the William Faulkner Foundation Award for Best Debut Novel. After this, Pynchon took cover personally while his books captured the invisible flashes of millions of admiring readers. School of geniuses, Pynchon’s lyrics became object of study and analysislike a mummy that in the interim was winning prizes like the National Book Award in 1974 for The Rainbowwhich he rejected, just like a year later the William Dean Howells medal.

“One of the great historical novels of our time and possibly the most important literary text since ‘Ulysses'”Critic Tony Tanner on ‘Gravity’s Rainbow’

They say in The Huntington, the depositories of the Pynchonian riches, that Tony Tannerthe famous critic and scholar of American literature, professor and quasi-institution at King’s College, Cambridge, called The Rainbow as “one of the great historical novels of our time and possibly the most important literary text since Ulises». High praise from the expert who also made Harold Bloomwho chose Mason & Dixon as his “canon of the American sublime.” The sublime and the genius as the very name of the MacArthur Scholarship received in 1988, one of the largest, currently endowed with $500,000 paid in quarterly installments over five years.

Nabokov did not remember him as a student

Unknown and elusive, despite this Pynchon has not ceased to be current in the last half century, the last time (actually the penultimate, the last being the acquisition of his archive by Huntington) in 2013, when he published his most recent novel, To the limitwhich happened to own viceof 2009, which Paul Thomas Anderson made into a film in 2014. With his arrival at Huntington, Pynchon joins the literary pantheon where the manuscripts of shakespeare, dickens either Jack London and the most current isherwood either Bukowski in more than 11 million articles including none of his professional or academic records that the earth swallowed or who knows if the “illegibility, overwriting and obscenity” of The Rainbowthe “suit” that those responsible for the Pulitzer made for him when the novel was proposed, the same ugly one that no one remembers anymore, like Nabokov nor did he remember having had a student (does he really exist?), named Pynchon.

Thomas Pynchon, the mythical and hidden writer who only gives signs of life with his books