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Thomas Pynchon Birthday Highlights

Birth Name
Thomas Ruggles Pynchon Jr.
Place Of Birth
Glen Cove, USA
Age
86 years old
Birth Date
May 8 1937

Thomas Pynchon Facts

Child Star?
no
Occupation
Novelist
Education & Qualifications
Cornell University
Net Worth
$1,500,000
Current Partner
Melanie Jackson
Children
Jackson Pynchon
Parents
Thomas Ruggles Pynchon Sr., Katherine Frances Bennett

About Thomas Pynchon 

Thomas Pynchon is an American novelist who was born in Glen Cove, New York.

His novels are known for their focus on music, sociology, imperialism, racism, and more. He attended Cornell University to pursue engineering but fell in love with writing instead and began to write novels after graduating. His most famous work so far is 'Gravity's Rainbow'.

He is known for his extremely reclusive nature and as of 2022, he resides in New York with his wife, Melanie Jackson, and their son.

Thomas Pynchon Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Thomas Pynchon's net worth?

Thomas Pynchon's net worth is $1.5 million.

How much does Thomas Pynchon earn per year?

Born in Glen Cove, Thomas Pynchon's annual earnings are not known.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Thomas Pynchon?

Thomas Pynchon's height is unknown.

How old is Thomas Pynchon?

Thomas Pynchon is 85 years old as of June 2022.

Childhood And Education

Thomas Pynchon was born on May 8, 1937, in Glen Cove on Long Island, New York in, America. His parents were Thomas Pynchon Sr. and Katherine Frances Bennett. He was known to be quite precocious as a child and skipped two grades before high school, graduating from Oyster bay High School at the age of just 16. He then went to Cornell University to study engineering physics but left to join the US Navy at the end of his sophomore year. He spent two years in the Navy before returning to Cornell University in 1957 to study for a degree in English. He wrote many short stories, with his first one, 'The Small Rain', appearing in the magazine Cornell Writer in 1959. He graduated with distinction and as a member of the academic honor society Phi Beta Kappa.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Thomas Pynchon's partner?

Thomas Pynchon married literary agent Melanie Jackson in 1990, and the two have a son named Jackson Pynchon.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Thomas Pynchon is best known for his complex novels, which cover a wide range of topics and genres. He began to work on 'V.', his first novel, shortly after graduating from Cornell.

His first job was as a technical writer for Boeing in Seattle. After the success of 'V.', he resigned from Boeing to focus on writing as a full-time career. He shifted from New York to California and spent a large chunk of the '60s and '70s writing 'Gravity's Rainbow', which is regarded as his best work to date. He also published 'The Crying of Lot 49', 'Vineland', 'Mason and Dixie', 'Against The Day', 'Inherent Vice' and 'Bleeding Edge'. He also published the short story collection 'Slow Learner' in 1984.

Asides from his success as an author, Pynchon is known for being extremely reclusive, with hardly any pictures of him existing in the media. He has refused to give interviews or appear on television many times, and very few photos of him as a youth are available to the public.

What awards does Thomas Pynchon win?

Thomas Pynchon won the National Book Award for Fiction in 1974 and was awarded the MacArthur fellowship in 1988.

Other Interesting Thomas Pynchon Facts And Trivia

  • Pynchon's earliest American ancestor, William Pynchon, founded the town of Springfield in Massachusetts in 1636.
  • It is rumored that Thomas used the Olivetti Lettera 22 typewriter.
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