First printing of Pynchon's enormous and intricate postmodernist masterpiece.
Fine in nearly fine jacket.
"All three members of the Pulitzer Prize jury on fiction expressed distress and bewilderment yesterday that their unanimous recommendation for a prize for Thomas Pynchon's GRAVITY'S RAINBOW had been turned down and that no fiction award was given this year." – NEW YORK TIMES account, May 1974
Winner of the National Book Award, which the author refused to accept; "obscene" and "unreadable" to the Pulitzer board members of 1974, who chose to withhold that year's prize rather than see it go to GRAVITY'S RAINBOW. Pynchon's third novel and most celebrated achievement.
Read more: Kihiss, "Pulitzer Jurors Dismayed on Pynchon," New York Times, 8 May 1974.
New York: Viking Press, (1973). 8.5'' x 5.5''. Original blind-stamped orange cloth, dark red-lettered spine. In original unclipped ($15.00) pictorial dust jacket designed by Marc Getter with "0273" on front flap. Orange topstain. , 760 pages. Jacket spine only faintly sunned.
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