Slow Learner: Early Stories

Slow Learner: Early Stories

by Thomas Pynchon


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Early short stories by Thomas Pynchon, introduced by the author and praised as "an exhilarating spectacle of greatness discovering its powers" by the New Republic.

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."

"Funny and wise enough to charm the gravity from a rainbow...All five of the pieces have unusual narrative vigor and inventiveness." —New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316724432
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 04/30/1985
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 230,807
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Thomas Pynchon is also the author of the novels V., The Crying of Lot 49, Gravity's Rainbow, Vineland, Mason & Dixon, Against the Day, Inherent Vice, and Bleeding Edge.


New York, New York

Date of Birth:

May 8, 1937

Place of Birth:

Glen Cove, Long Island, New York


B. A., Cornell University, 1958

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