Group Reading 2002–2003

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† Dec. 6, 2002

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Discussion Schedule:
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Slow Learner

Introduction: Nov. 1 - 26
host: Dave Monroe

The Small Rain: Dec 2 - 20
host: Doug Millison

holiday break (road trip to Germany)
host: Kurt-Werner

Lowlands: Jan 6 - 24
host: Michel Ryckx, The Great Quail

Entropy: Jan 25 - Feb 7
host: J. B. Frame

Under the Rose: Feb 8 - 28
host: Sam Moyer, Robert Jackson

The Secret Integration: Mar 1 - 21
host: Michael Perez

Mortality and Mercy in Vienna: Mar 22 - April 10
host: Thomas Eckhardt, John Bailey


The Small Rain, Cornell Writer, Vol. 6, No. 2 (March 1959): 14-32.

Low-lands, New World Writing 16, Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1960. 85-108.

Entropy, Kenyon Review, Vol. 22, No. 2 (Spring 1960): 27-92.

Under the Rose, Noble Savage 3 (1961): 233-51.

The Secret Integration, Saturday Evening Post No. 235 (19-26 December 1964): 36-37, 39, 42-44, 46-49, 51.

Mortality and Mercy in Vienna, Epoch, Vol. 9, No. 4 (Spring 1959): 195-213.

Mortality and Mercy in Vienna — PDF — courtesy of David Gentle.

Slow Learner – Stories: 1959–1964, Little, Brown & Company 1984

Spätzünder – Frühe Erzählungen Rowohlt 1985/1994

Vorwort zu "Spätzünder" — in: Utz Riese (45-66)

"Entropie" ibid (66-83)

Low Lands Picador Slow Learner Slow Learner Slow Learner


The Apprenticeship of Thomas Pynchon — by Michael Wood, April 15, 1984, The New York Times.

Homoerotic Bonding as Escape from Heterosexual Responsibility in Pynchon’s "Slow Learner" — by Mark D. Hawthorne, Fall 2000.

Thomas Pynchon: "Low-lands" — Takahashi-san’s Site in Japanese with a synopsis in English.

Thomas Pynchon (b. 1937) — Derek C. Maus zu Pynchon und "Entropy" in der Heath Anthology of American Literature.

Quotations from "Slow Learner" — Ed Doolittle.

Cervantine Echoes in Early Pynchon — by Carole Holdsworth. From: Cervantes: Bulletin of the Cervantes Society of America 8.1 (1988): pp. 47-53.

"Mortality and Mercy in Vienna" — the story that is not included in "Slow Learner."

"Sterblichkeit und Erbarmen in Wien" — die deutsche Übersetzung (Manuskripte, Zeitschrift für Literatur, 23. Jahrgang, 80. Heft der Gesamtfolge, Graz 1983, pp. 3-11).

Spätzünder Spätzünder bei


Barnett, Stuart: Refused Readings: Narrative and History in "The Secret Integration." Pynchon Notes 22-23 (1988): pp. 79-85.

Booker, M. Keith: A Probable Source for the Title of "The Small Rain." Pynchon Notes 22-23 (1988): pp. 75-77.

Chambers, Judith: "The Short Stories: The Emerging Voice," at: Chambers, Judith: Thomas Pynchon, New York, Twayne (1992), pp. 14-40.

Darabaner, Richard: A Possible Source for the Title of "The Small Rain." Pynchon Notes 15 (1984): pp. 69-72.

den Boef, August Hans: Thomas Pynchon. Dietsche Warande en Belfort, Jrg. 130, Okt. 1985, Nr. 8, pp. 592-598.

Duyfhuizen, Bernard: An Index to Pynchon’s Shorter Works. Pynchon Notes 36-39 (1995-1996): pp. 7-34.

Hollander, Charles: Pynchon’s Politics: The Presence of an Absence. Pynchon Notes 26-27 (1990): pp. 5-59.

Holton, Robert: Real Imaginary Lines in "The Secret Integration." Pynchon Notes 40-41 (1997): pp. 5-18.

McHoul, Alec and Wills, David: Writing Pynchon: Strategies in Fictional Analysis (Urbana: U of Illinois P, 1990), Ch. 5, "Almost But Not Quite Me …," pp. 131-62. Basingstoke, Macmillan, 1990.

Keesey, Douglas: The Politics of Doubling in "Mortality and Mercy in Vienna." Pynchon Notes 24-25, 1989, pp. 5-19.

King, Vincent: Giving Destruction a Name and a Face: Thomas Pynchon’s "Mortality and Mercy in Vienna." Studies in Short Fiction 35.1, 1998, pp. 13-21.

Newman, Robert D.: Understanding Pynchon (University of South Carolina Press, Columbia, South Carolina 1986), Ch. 2: "Slow Learner: Establishing Foundations" (pp. 12-33).

Redfield, Robert and Hays, Peter L.: Fugue as Structure in Pynchon’s "Entropy." Pacific Coast Philology 12, 1977, pp. 50-55.

Reilly, Terry: A Couple-Three Bonzos: Introduction, "Slow Learner" and "1984." Pynchon Notes 44-45 (1999): pp. 5-13.

Schachterle, Lance: Pynchon and Cornell Engineering Physics, 1953-54. Pynchon Notes 26-27 (1990): pp. 129-37.

Simons, John: Third Story Man: Biblical Irony in Thomas Pynchon’s "Entropy." Studies in Short Fiction 14.1, 1977, pp. 88-93.

Smetak, Jacqueline: Thomas Pynchon’s "Mortality and Mercy in Vienna": Major Themes in an Early Work. Iowa Journal of Literary Studies 4.1, 1993, pp. 65-76.

Tabbi, Joseph: Pynchon’s "Entropy." The Explicator 43.1, 1984, pp. 61-3

Tylee, Claire: Spot This Mumbo Jumbo: Thomas Pynchon’s Emblems for American Culture in "Mortality and Mercy in Vienna." Pynchon Notes 17 (1985): pp. 52-72. Rev. and rpt. from Revista Canaria de Estudios Ingleses 10 (1985): pp. 141-56.

Vanderbeke, Dirk: N Tropes for Entropy in Pynchon’s Early Works. Pynchon Notes 46–49 (2003): pp. 35-59.

Winkler, Willi: Programm: Weltuntergang. Die frühen Erzählungen von Thomas Pynchon. Merkur, Deutsche Zeitschrift für europäisches Denken, Heft 4, April 1986, 40. Jahrgang, pp. 337-339.

White, Allon: Ironic Equivalence: a reading of Thomas Pynchon’s "Mortality and Mercy in Vienna." Critical Quarterly 23.3, 1981, pp. 55-62.

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