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Thomas Pynchon
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    (May 8, 1937- )
    Wrote 'V,' 'The Crying of Lot 49,' 'Gravity's Rainbow,' 'Slow Learner,' 'Vineland' and 'Mason & Dixon'
    Married to his agent, Melanie Jackson
    His novels are extremely complex and contain many allusions and references that can be difficult to understand.
    His writings usually focus on paranoia, conspiracy, entropy and are notoriously anti big business.
    He is extremely reclusive, and the only known photos date back to the 1950s.
    It was once said that he leaped out a window to avoid getting his picture taken by a magazine.
    He refuses any representation of his likeness to appear on a television screen.
    He reluctantly gave an interview to CNN after they invaded his privacy by tracking him down and filming him (1997).
    It was once rumored that 'Thomas Pynchon' was actually the pen name of J.D. Salinger, who also happens to be reclusive.
    His Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for 'Gravity's Rainbow' was overturned after eleven members of the board called the book unreadable, turgid, overwritten and obscene (1974).
    He was a junior.
    He has won numerous awards for his writings.
    He worked as an engineering aide on Boeing's nuclear missile projects.
    'Gravity's Rainbow' has been called the most profound and accomplished American novel since the end of World War II.
    His books often feature very dark satire.
    He defends being reclusive by saying, 'My belief is that recluse is a code word generated by journalists... meaning, doesn't like to talk to reporters.'
    He has an intense knowledge of psychology, mathematics and German literature.
    He made his only voluntary public appearance on an episode of The Simpsons (2003).

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