Mason & Dixon

Author: Thomas Pynchon

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101594640

Category: Fiction

Page: 975

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A Time magazine and New York Times Best Book of the Year Charles Mason (1728–1786) and Jeremiah Dixon (1733–1779) were the British surveyors best remembered for running the boundary between Pennsylvania and Maryland that we know today as the Mason-Dixon Line. Here is their story as reimagined by Thomas Pynchon, featuring Native Americans and frontier folk, ripped bodices, naval warfare, conspiracies erotic and political, major caffeine abuse. Unreflectively entangled in crimes of demarcation, Mason and Dixon take us along on a grand tour of the Enlightenment’s dark hemisphere, from their first journey together to the Cape of Good Hope, to pre-Revolutionary America and back to England, into the shadowy yet redemptive turns of their later lives, through incongruities in conscience, parallaxes of personality, tales of questionable altitude told and intimated by voices clamoring not to be lost. Along the way they encounter a plentiful cast of characters, including Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, and Samuel Johnson, as well as a Chinese feng shui master, a Swedish irredentist, a talking dog, and a robot duck. The quarrelsome, daring, mismatched pair—Mason as melancholy and Gothic as Dixon is cheerful and pre-Romantic—pursues a linear narrative of irregular lives, observing, and managing to participate in the many occasions of madness presented them by the Age of Reason.

Mason & Dixon

Author: Thomas Pynchon

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3644053316

Category: Fiction

Page: 1024

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Die Briten Charles Mason und Jeremiah Dixon, ein Astronom und ein Landvermesser, nehmen uns mit auf eine Grand Tour durch die dunklen Gefilde der Aufklärung im 18. Jahrhundert, von ihrer ersten gemeinsamen Expedition ans Kap der Guten Hoffnung ins vorrevolutionäre Amerika und wieder zurück nach England. Wir begegnen Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, einem chinesischen Feng-Shui-Meister, einem sprechenden Hund und einem Enten-Automaten. «Man liest und liest, stößt auf Stellen, Episoden und Sentenzen, bei denen einem der Mund offen stehen bleibt.» (Die Zeit) «Ein Roman wie eine gewaltige Symphonie aus der Neuen Welt, und ein Sprachkunstwerk von einem ganz Großen der US-Literatur.» (Stern)

The Multiple Worlds of Pynchon's Mason & Dixon

Eighteenth-Century Contexts, Postmodern Observations

Author: Elizabeth Jane Wall Hinds

Publisher: Camden House

ISBN: 9781571134110

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 222

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New essays examining the interface between 18th- and 20th-century culture both in Pynchon's novel and in the historical past.

Mason Dixon: A view from an office cube : Painful Insights on Race , Religion and Sex

Author: Wallace Rushing

Publisher: Page Publishing Inc

ISBN: 1682893162

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

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Doug’s questioning on why things were the way they were would only lead to a journey of finding out that a majority of people are only by products of their own environments. Life changing events, professional setbacks and at times death of Family and loved ones led to this young man to realize that you get out of life what you put in it. And once the dust is settled, race , politics , sex and religion though these systems play major roles in the majority of the way most people interact with each other , they can also handicap human beings in such a way that it can stifle the development of human beings . Doug’s interactions and lessons learned will prove to anyone that we though we may have advanced technically and scientifically that our social development has not changed much. The climate that most people are in today and how we interact with other in some cases are archaic. His early view of the world and people would be challenged to such as degree that this young man from the back roads of North Carolina was given no choice but to begin looking deeply at his self and his own negative convictions of people and other cultures that were at once alien to soon become somewhat of a student and grasp from them aspects to help him in his own self development and apply them in his everyday life. At times there are some books that come along that can help establish dialogue across racial barriers in hopes that we can really sit down and discuss our differences openly without conflict .Our discussions on these subjects are still taboo to be discussed openly and regarded at times inappropriate in certain settings . Mason Dixon you will discover to be a conversation piece that will spark that dialogue on these items and in hopes that we can look at ourselves before judging others.

Vineland

Author: Thomas Pynchon

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3644545111

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

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«‹Vineland› ist vermutlich das zugänglichste Buch, das der große Unbekannte je geschrieben hat. Der Roman beginnt mit dem Sprung durch eine Fensterscheibe und zerbirst danach wie sie in Myriaden glitzernder Scherben. Aber am Ende, wie in einem Film, der rückwärtsläuft, springen die Splitter vom Boden hoch und fügen sich auf wunderbare Weise zu einem Ganzen.» (Salman Rushdie)

Our Savage Art

Poetry and the Civil Tongue

Author: William Logan

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231147333

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 368

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The most notorious poet-critic of his generation, William Logan has defined our view of poets good and bad, interesting and banal, for more than three decades. His eloquent, passionate prose never fails to provoke readers and poets, reminding us of the value and vitality of the critic's savage art. Showcasing the corrosive wit and darkly discriminating criticism that have become the trademarks of Logan's style, this volume features essays on Robert Lowell's correspondence, Elizabeth Bishop's unfinished poems, the inflated reputation of Hart Crane, the loss of the New Critics, and a damning and highly controversial indictment of an edition of Robert Frost's notebooks. Logan also includes essays on Derek Walcott and Geoffrey Hill, two crucial figures in the divided world of contemporary poetry, and an attempt to rescue the reputation of the nineteenth-century poet John Townsend Trowbridge. Short reviews consider John Ashbery, Anne Carson, Billy Collins, Rita Dove, Louise Gl?ck, Jorie Graham, Robert Hass, Seamus Heaney, and dozens of others. Though he might be called a cobra with manners, Logan is a fervent advocate for poetry, and "Our Savage Art" continues to raise the standard of what the critic can do.

Mason & Dixon & Pynchon

Author: Charles Clerc

Publisher: University Press of Amer

ISBN: 9780761817925

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 248

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Charles Clerc's Mason & Dixon & Pynchon is the first book-length critical study of Thomas Pynchon's latest novel. Clerc's study approaches the novel from a variety of perspectives, including historical and literary. Substantial attention is paid to the historical time period of Mason & Dixon. A survey of over 50 critical responses to the book and excerpts from the journal of Mason and Dixon are also included.

Riven Rock

Roman

Author: T.C. Boyle

Publisher: Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH Co KG

ISBN: 3446243909

Category: Fiction

Page: 568

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Eine amerikanische Ehe: Der steinreiche Erbe Stanley McCormick heiratet im Jahr 1904 die schöne Katherine Dexter. Alles paßt zusammen: Reichtum, Schönheit, Prestige, Intelligenz. Doch McCormick leidet unter sexuellen Wahnvostellungen und kann nicht mit einer Frau allein gelassen werden - schon gar nicht mit der eigenen. Primatenforscher, Quacksalber und Freudianer versuchen sich als Ärzte, aber nur seine Frau und ein Pfleger bleiben ihm wirklich treu. Eine bizarre, anrührende Liebesromanze.

Gegen den Tag

Author: Thomas Pynchon

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3644046417

Category: Fiction

Page: 1600

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Dieser Roman umspannt den Zeitraum zwischen der Weltausstellung in Chicago 1893 und den Jahren kurz nach dem Ersten Weltkrieg; er führt von Colorado über London und Göttingen, Venedig und Wien, den Balkan, Sibirien bis zum Hollywood der Stummfilmära sowie an ein, zwei Orte, die auf keiner Landkarte zu finden sind. Mit schrankenloser Phantasie und mit kauzigem Witz erzählt Thomas Pynchon von Macht, Dynamit und zügelloser Geldgier: «Vielleicht ist dies nicht die Welt, aber mit ein, zwei kleinen Änderungen könnte sie es sein.» «Das einzige Buch dieser Jahre, das die Welt, wie sie ist, tatsächlich herausfordert.» (Süddeutsche Zeitung) «Ein Meisterwerk, wie man es als Literaturkritiker vielleicht nur einmal in seinem Leben annoncieren darf ... aktueller als hier hat Pynchon nie geschrieben.» (Denis Scheck) «Sein komischster und zugleich sein zugänglichster Roman.» (The New York Book Review) «Pynchon lesen ist wie ein Sabbatical von all dem Müll, der uns umgibt.» (Stern) «Unvergesslich ... eines der größten Abenteuer der Gegenwartsliteratur.» (Focus) «Kaum eine der 1600 Seiten, auf der es nicht poetisch funkeln würde, die nicht von skurrilem Witz durchzogen wäre. Auf Knien möchte man den Übersetzern danken.» (Tagesspiegel) «Das Opus magnum im bisherigen Schaffen von Thomas Pynchon.» (Neue Zürcher Zeitung)

Thomas Pynchon

Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 143811611X

Category:

Page: 160

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Presents a collection of critical essays on the works of Thomas Pynchon.

The Fiction of Postmodernity

Author: Stephen Baker

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742501997

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 217

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The Fiction of Postmodernity is a significant and accessible study of the relation of postmodern fiction to theories of the postmodern. Contemporary works of fiction by novelists such as Don DeLillo, Toni Morrison, Salman Rushdie, Thomas Pynchon, and Martin Amis are viewed in relation to critiques of the "culture industry," analyses of the "postmodern condition," and theories of simulacra. The work of influential theorists of the postmodern--such as Theodor Adorno, Jean-François Lyotard, Fredric Jameson and Jean Baudrillard--is explained and compared. The book offers descriptions of the postmodern from both the Marxist critical tradition and from the perspective of postmarxism. Key features in both these definitions are explained in relation to modernist and postmodern works of fiction. Issues relating to the postmodern representation of history and the development of a postmodern politics are also addressed in relation to works of contemporary fiction.


Neu-York

Author: Francis Spufford

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 364400062X

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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«Wie ein neu entdeckter Roman von Henry Fielding mit Bonusmaterial von Martin Scorsese.» (The Times) 1746 in einer kleinen englischen Kolonialstadt an der Spitze der Insel Manhattan: Neu-York wirkt auch Jahrzehnte nach der Eroberung durch die Briten immer noch recht holländisch; die alteingesessenen Familien reden Englisch mit Akzent, am Hafen weht der Union Jack über schmalen Fachwerkhäusern, am anderen Ende der Stadt ist der Broad Way (vorher Breede Weg) auf Höhe der Wall Street durch ein Tor versperrt. Draußen hängen Skalps: Verbündete Indianerstämme haben sie französischen Soldaten abgenommen. Eines Tages steigt ein Brite namens Smith im Regen von einem aus London kommenden Segler. Der junge Mann scheint über Geld zu verfügen, er trägt den Wechsel einer Londoner Bank mit sich. Schnell findet er Zugang zur Gesellschaft, wird er zu einer Berühmtheit in der Stadt. Leider auch bei den Falschen: Smith wird überfallen und ausgeraubt. Niemand darf von der prekären neuen Lage erfahren, das Schuldgefängnis droht. Und dann kommt Smiths Affäre mit der Frau eines hohen Offiziers ans Licht. Ein Duell ist unumgänglich, und ausgerechnet sein bester Freund fordert ihn, ein exzellenter Fechter. Doch dann nimmt das Schicksal unseres Helden eine weitere überraschende Wendung – es wird nicht die letzte sein in diesem phantastischen, geistreichen, spannenden Wunderwerk von einem Roman.

Companion to Literature

Facts on File Companion to the American Short Story

Author: Abby H. P. Werlock

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 143812743X

Category: Short stories, American

Page: 842

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This encyclopedia features an informative introduction that surveys the history of the short story in the United States, interprets the current literary landscape, and points to new and future trends. --from publisher description.

On the Mason-Dixon Line

An Anthology of Contemporary Delaware Writers

Author: Billie Travalini

Publisher: Associated University Presse

ISBN: 9780874130300

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 279

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In the first collection of its kind, the editors have gathered together fifty-two of the best poems, stories, memoirs, novel excerpts, and creative nonfiction by writers who have called the tiny state of Delaware their home. The volume offers meticulously selected work, alphabetized by author, much of it inspired by or set in the state, and all in a wide range of styles. The anthology is not limited to writers currently living in Delaware; rather, it ranges far beyond, including major writers such as Gibbons Ruark, McKay Jenkins, Julianna Baggott, Fleda Brown, Allison Funk, and Pulitzer Prize winner W. D. Snodgrass--writers who were originally from Delaware, or who lived in the state long enough for their work to have been influenced by its streets, its beaches, and its winding marshland waterways. The anthology includes substantial biographies of each author. Billie Travalini teaches at Lincoln University, Wilmington College, and the Boys and Girls Clubs Pegasus Artworks program, and is a teacher-consultant in Delaware youth detention homes. Fleda Brown is a retired Professor of English and poet laureate at the University of Delaware.

The Novel After Theory

Author: Judith Ryan

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231528167

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

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Novels began to incorporate literary theory in unexpected ways in the late twentieth century. Through allusion, parody, or implicit critique, theory formed an additional strand in fiction that raised questions about the nature of authorship and the practice of writing. Studying this phenomenon provides fresh insight into the recent development of the novel and the persistence of modern theory beyond the period of its greatest success. In this book, Judith Ryan opens these questions to a range of readers, drawing them into debates over the value of theory. Ryan investigates what prompted fiction writers to incorporate and respond to theory nearly thirty years ago. Designed for readers unfamiliar with the complexities of theory, Ryan's book introduces the discipline's major trends and controversies and notes the salient ideas of a carefully selected set of individual thinkers. Ryan follows novelists' adaptation to and engagement with arguments drawn from theory as they translate abstract ideas into language, structure, and fictional strategy. At the core of her book is a fascinating microstudy of French poststructuralism in its dialogue with narrative fiction. Investigating theories of textuality, psychology, and society in the work of Don DeLillo, Thomas Pynchon, J. M. Coetzee, Margaret Atwood, W. G. Sebald, and Umberto Eco, as well as Monika Maron, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Marguerite Duras, Marilynne Robinson, David Foster Wallace, and Christa Wolf, Ryan identifies subtle negotiations between author and theory and the richness this dynamic adds to texts. Resetting the way we think and learn about literature, her book reads current literary theory while uniquely tracing its shaping of a genre.

Lines of Flight

Discursive Time and Countercultural Desire in the Work of Thomas Pynchon

Author: Stefan Mattessich

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 9780822329947

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 291

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DIVAn overview of the work of Pynchon and its relationship to the counterculture of the 60s, 70s and 80s./div

Jacke Wie Hose

Author: Rita Mae Brown

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783499121951

Category: Sibling rivalry

Page: 375

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Specters of Conquest

Indigenous Absence in Transatlantic Literatures

Author: Adam Lifshey

Publisher: Fordham Univ Press

ISBN: 0823232387

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 182

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The book concludes by proposing that Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is the great American novel. --

Pynchon and Relativity

Narrative Time in Thomas Pynchon's Later Novels

Author: Simon de Bourcier

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1441130098

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 231

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Draws on Einstein's Theory of Relativity to examine of the workings of narrative time in the novels of Thomas Pynchon, including Against the Day.