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V. A Novel

Pynchon, Thomas

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ISBN 10: 0397003013 / ISBN 13: 9780397003013
Published by J. B. Lippincott Company (1963), Philadelphia, PA, 1963
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VG, front hinge cracked, somewhat loose in DJ; DJ is price-clipped, light edge wear, two small closed tears, top spine of DJ with creasing to about 1/4 in. DJ back panel lists contents, chapter headings. Photo available. ; First; Lavender cloth; 8vo; DJ. Bookseller Inventory # 29107

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Title: V. A Novel

Publisher: J. B. Lippincott Company (1963), Philadelphia, PA

Publication Date: 1963

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First Edition

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First edition (1963) of what many consider to be the finest American novel of the 20th century. The wild, macabre tale of two men -- one looking for something he has lost, the other with nothing much to lose -- and "V.," the unknown woman of the title. From the "Noiseless Chatter" blog: "This edition of V. contains different text from all later printings. The reason is that Pynchon changed his mind about a few things after it went to the printer. It's not uncommon for spelling or formatting errors to be corrected in later printings, but in this case they were actually rewritten passages. Oddly, this unique text wasn't discovered until just a few years ago, when Pynchon's novels were being prepared for release as ebooks. Due to the rarity of first edition copies, and the fact that nobody expected anything different there, decades worth of scholarship missed the fact that the V. we were reading wasn't V. as it was originally published." 492 pages. (Note: This book was published before 1973 so it has no ISBN number.)


Having just been released from the Navy, Benny Profane is content to lead a slothful existence with his friends, where the only real ambition is to perfect the art of "schlemihlhood," or being a dupe, and where "responsibility" is a dirty word. Among his pals--called the Whole Sick Crew--is Slab, an artist who can't seem to paint anything other than cheese danishes. But Profane's life changes dramatically when he befriends Stencil, an active ambitious young man with an intriguing mission--to find out the identity of a woman named V., who knew Stencil's father during the war, but who suddenly and mysteriously disappeared.

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