The Crying of Lot 49 is Thomas Pynchon's most
accessible work and perhaps the one most widely read and taught.
Nonetheless, the novel poses many challenges with its impressive
range of references to contemporary popular and material culture,
history and geography, and slang and technical jargon.
This expanded and updated companion to the novel contains more
than five hundred notes keyed to the 2006 Harper Perennial Modern
Classics, the 1986 Harper Perennial Library, and the 1967 Bantam
editions. The majority of notes are interpretive, although some are
designed to provide a historical context or to recover the meaning
of a reference that, over time, has proved ephemeral. This new
edition adds quotations and paraphrases drawn from criticism
published since 1994, thus adding more than seventy new entries to
the list of works cited. More than fifty annotations have been
added and some eighty annotations have been expanded.
Subjects: Language & Literature
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