Thomas Pynchon was born in 1937 and attended Cornell University, where he published his first story, "Mortality and Mercy in Vienna," in Epoch. Soon after leaving Cornell, he published three short stories - "Under the Rose," in Noble Savage #3; "Entropy," in The Kenyan Review; and "Low-Lands," in New World writing #16 - which earned him an immediate reputation among the narrow but intense circle of short-story readers. His novel V. won the Faulkner Prize as the best first novel of 1963. A second novel, The Crying of Lot 49, was published in 1966. Since then he has published "The Secret Investigation" in The Saturday Evening Post, and an essay on Los Angeles in The New York Times Magazine.
In these few published works, Pynchon has earned a widespread and even fanatic acclaim, and remains a uniquely forceful figure on the American literary horizon:
"Pynchon surely ranks as the most intelligent, most audacious and most accomplished American novelist writing today." - The Nation
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