Slow Learner: Early Stories

Slow Learner: Early Stories

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by Thomas Pynchon
     
 

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Thomas Pynchon's literary career was launched not with the release of his widely acclaimed first novel, V., but with the publication in literary magazines of the five stories collected here. In his introduction to Slow Learner the author reviews his early work with disarming candor and recalls the American cultural landscape of the early post-Beat era…  See more details below

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Thomas Pynchon's literary career was launched not with the release of his widely acclaimed first novel, V., but with the publication in literary magazines of the five stories collected here. In his introduction to Slow Learner the author reviews his early work with disarming candor and recalls the American cultural landscape of the early post-Beat era in which the stories were written. Time magazine described this introductory essay as "Pynchon's first public gesture toward autobiography."

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Published in 1984, this contains five of the author's early storieswritten between 1958 and 1964along with an introduction.
Michael Wood
How extremely good the stories are...how quickly they carry us into their scruffy, variegated, wonderfully imagined world. -- The New York Times Book Review
Christopher Lehmann-Haupt
Funny and wise enough to charm the gravity from a rainbow...all five of the pieces have unusual narrative vigor and inventiveness. -- The New York Times
Edward Mendelson
The authentic work of a major novelist makes better reading than the mature productions of a dozen minor ones....Readers who discovered Pynchon's stories in little magazines in the late 1950s would have seen in them a bright young talent. Readers who discover them now will find an exhilerating spectacle of greatness discovering its power.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316724432
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
04/30/1985
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
600,912
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.62(d)

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