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MASON & DIXON.

Pynchon, Thomas

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ISBN 10: 0805037586 / ISBN 13: 9780805037586
Published by Pub. Henry Holt & Company, 1997, NY, 1997
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First Edition. 9 1/2" x 6 1/4", 773 pgs; color endpapers; Mason & Dixon "were the British surveyors best remembered for running the boundary between PA and MD. Here is their story as reimagined by Pynchon, in an updated 18th C. novel featuring Native Americans & frontier folk, ripped bodices, naval warfare, conspiracies erotic & political, & major caffeine abuse." (from DJ) VG/VG. Bookseller Inventory # 031303ZG

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Title: MASON & DIXON.

Publisher: Pub. Henry Holt & Company, 1997, NY

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First Edition

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The New York Times Best Book of the Year, 1997
Time Magazine Best Book of the Year 1997

Charles Mason (1728-1786) and Jeremiah Dixon (1733-1779) were the British surveyors best remembered for running the boundary between Pennsylvania and Maryland that we know today as the Mason-Dixon Line. Here is their story as re-imagined by Thomas Pynchon, featuring Native Americans and frontier folk, ripped bodices, naval warfare, conspiracies erotic and political, major caffeine abuse. We follow the mismatch'd pair--one rollicking, the other depressive; one Gothic, the other pre-Romantic--from their first journey together to the Cape of Good Hope, to pre-Revolutionary America and back, through the strange yet redemptive turns of fortune in their later lives, on a grand tour of the Enlightenment's dark hemisphere, as they observe and participate in the many opportunities for insanity presented them by the Age of Reason.

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A sprawling, complex, and comic work from one of the country's most celebrated and idiosyncratic authors, Mason & Dixon is Thomas Pynchon's Most Magickal reinvention of the 18th-century novel. It follows the lifelong partnership and adventures of the English surveyors Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon (of Mason-Dixon Line fame) as they travel the world mapping and measuring through an uncharted pre-Revolutionary America of Native Americans, white settlers, taverns, and bawdy establishments of ill-repute. Fans of the postmodern master of paranoia will recognize Pynchon's personality in the novel's first phrase: "Snow-Balls have flown their Arcs," a brief echo of the rockets that curve across the skies in the writer's masterpiece Gravity's Rainbow.

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