- NAME: Thomas Pynchon
- OCCUPATION: Author
- BIRTH DATE: May 08, 1937 (Age: 76)
- Did You Know?: Only a few photos of Thomas Pynchon exist, as he has lived in seclusion for decades.
- EDUCATION: Oyster Bay High School, Cornell University
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Glen Cove, New York
- Full Name: Thomas Ruggles Pynchon
- AKA: Thomas Pynchon
- ZODIAC SIGN: Taurus
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Thomas Pynchon is an award-winning novelist known for works like The Crying of Lot 49 and Gravity's Rainbow.
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The book shared the National Book Award for fiction with Isaac Bashevis Singer's A Crown of Feathers in 1974. (What was only hinted at previously began to be more obvious at this point: Pynchon was a recluse, and he sent friend Irwin Corey to accept the award.) It was also selected for the Pulitzer Prize in fiction. The Pulitzer advisory board overruled that decision, however, calling the book "unreadable," "turgid,
" "overwritten" and "obscene," so no prize was handed out that year.
In the subsequent years, Pynchon's whereabouts became essentially unknown, and still only a couple of photographs of the author as an adult exist. In 1989, Pynchon was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and a year later, 16 years after his previous novel, Vineland was published. Since then, Pynchon has published several other novels, although none have lived up to the reputation of Gravity's Rainbow.
Following Mason & Dixon, Against the Day and Inherent Vice, Pynchon will publish Bleeding Edge in the fall of 2013.
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