Thomas Pynchon
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"Thomas Ruggles Pynchon, Jr." is an American literature/American novelist. A MacArthur Fellowship/MacArthur Fellow, he is noted for his dense and complex novels. Both his fiction and nonfiction writings encompass a vast array of subject matter, Literary genre/genres and Theme (narrative)/themes, including (but not limited to) the fields of history, music, science, and mathematics. For his most praised novel, Gravity's Rainbow, Pynchon won the 1974 U.S. National Book Award for Fiction.

[http://www.nationalbook.org/nba1974.html "National Book Awards – 1974"]. National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2012-03-29. (With essays by Casey Hicks and Chad Post from the Awards 60-year anniversary blog. The mock acceptance speech by Irwin Corey is not reprinted by NBF.)

Hailing from Long Island, Pynchon served two years in the United States Navy and earned an English studies/English degree from Cornell University. After publishing several short stories in the late 1950s and early 1960s, he began composing the novels for which he is best known: V. (1963), The Crying of Lot 49 (1966), Gravity's Rainbow (1973), and Mason & Dixon (1997). Pynchon is also notoriously reclusive; very few photographs of him have ever been published, and rumors about his location and identity have circulated since the 1960s.

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