American novelist, born in Long Island (New York) in 1937. He studied engineering at Cornell University, who failed to finish. After a period of military service, he took a degree in English in 1958. Before devoting himself to literature, he worked at a company for commercial airlines. There is no more data about his private life, since he has lived held, and surrounded by a certain mystery. His most famous novel is Rainbow's gravity, which won the National Book Award in 1973. His other books are the auction of lot 49 (1966) and Vineland (1990). His work is characterized by a high degree of experimentation in the techniques of narrative (combining very diverse elements) and a few arguments of great complexity, based on the analysis of industrial systems and communication developed during the second world war, with a tone of high historical accuracy but punctuated by intrigue and social satire.
In July 2006 the news of the emergence of a new novel from Pynchon, jumped to Rotary after a silence of 10 years: Against the day, a dense work of more than 900 pages in which the author talks about politics, drugs, racism, science, or death in a period of time that goes from the exhibition of Chicago from 1893 until the years prior to the first world war.
Literature of United States of America.