New York: The Viking Press, 1973. First edition. A Near Fine copy of the book in like dust jacket. Square, unmarked and unread; retaining the bright colors to the jacket. Trivial wear to corners of jacket; a bit of fading to the topstain. On the whole a pleasing copy. The author's third book, winner of the National Book Award and the William Dean Howell Award and published in an edition of just 4,000 copies.
Pynchon’s post-modern masterpiece, a rich, vertiginous book of sometimes frustrating complexity. Written in 1973, and set at the end of World War II, Gravity's Rainbow would be awarded both the National Book Award and be selected for the Pulitzer Prize. (Although it was denied the latter by the Pulitzer board on account of a particularly controversial passage.) Writing in The New Yorker, poet L. E. Sissman called Pynchon a “mathematician of prose” – and this is considered his greatest work. Gravity’s Rainbow appears on Time’s list of the 100 greatest English language novels written from 1923 to 2005. "A work of paranoid genius, a magnificent necropolis” (Contemporary New York Times review). Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. (Item #4462)