This section serves as a repository for information about Gravitys Rainbow. Although some of this information may be duplicated elsewhere in Spermatikos Logos, you will also find some original works which may be of great help to both the neophyte and the expert reader of the novel.
Spermatikos Logos Resources
GR Summary This summary by Dr Larry Daw breaks the book down chapter by chapter, providing a witty synopsis for each one.
GR Introduction The Quails introduction for the First Time Reader gives an overview of the novel, providing notes on structure, themes, and potential pitfalls.
GR Structural Analysis The Quails analysis highlights the structure of the novel and provides some thought on liturgical dates, occult symbolism, and elements of heroic mythology.
The Illustrated Complete Summary of Thomas Pynchons Gravitys Rainbow This sister site holds Dr Larry Daws summary, illustrated with a wealth of original images lovingly created with Adbobe Photoshop.
Zak Smith's Illustrations for Each Page of Gravity's Rainbow A staggering 755 illustrations by artist Zak Smith, depicting the events and imagery of GR.
Pynchonwiki.com: Gravity's Rainbow this wiki, created by Tim Ware and a legion of wiki contributors, offers page-by-page and alphabetical guides to Pynchon's magnum opus. Also see Tim's original content at Thomaspynchon.com.
Gravity's Rainbow at Google Books the full text of the novel, with text search function.
Pomona College Gravitys Rainbow Page This site has some interesting articles about V-2 rockets, Werner von Braun, and other elements from the book.
Wikipedia: Gravity's Rainbow Also includes a list of episodes in GR.
A Companions Companion Donald Larsons Illustrated Additions and Corrections to Steven Weisenburgers A Gravitys Rainbow Companion. (Mr. Larson's content was folded in to the Pynchonwiki project.)
Hyperbola: A Digital Companion to Gravitys Rainbow Created by Stuart Moulthrop as if a name like that wasnt a nudge from destiny this page contains a hypercard stack that may be freely downloaded. A digital companion to GR, it is compatible only with the Macintosh platform. (apparently no longer online)
Some Things That Happen (More or Less) in Gravitys Rainbow
Bell, Michael Davitt
A chapter by chapter summary of Gravitys Rainbow, considered by some to be the single best resource for reading GR the first time through. No longer online at its original web address, but available via Archive.org.
Male Pro-Feminism and the Masculine Giganticism of Gravitys Rainbow
From the May 1996 issue of Postmodern Culture, this paper discusses sex and politics in Pynchons masterpiece.
Amazon.com and the New Democracy of Opinion
Using Gravitys Rainbow as a case study, Ketzan discusses the merits and flaws of Amazon.coms user-review forum.
Paperware to Vaporware, The Nativity of Tyrone Slothrop
Lannark, Douglas Kløvedal
A detailed astrological account of Tyrone Slothrop. Online at Otto Sells Die sauberen Schweine.
Modernist Reading; Postmodernist Text: the Case of Gravitys Rainbow
As the title suggests, this is a modernist reading of Pynchons masterpiece by postmodern scholar Brian McHale.
The Feathery Rilke Mustaches and Porky Pig Tattoo on Stomach: High and Low Pressures in Gravitys Rainbow
A discussion of the many aspecrts of the Zone by a professor from the University of Oulu in Finland. Kept at the Pomona College page.
Look! Up in the Sky! Its a Bird! Its a Plane! Its...Rocketman! : Pynchons Comic Book Mythology in Gravitys Rainbow
Stevens, H. Brenton
Gravitys Rainbow, Pynchon, and comic books. Online at Middle Tennessee State University. No longer online at its original web address, but available via Archive.org.
One of the Longest, Most Difficult, Most Ambitious Novels in Years
From the March 11, 1973 New York Times, this is a famous review by the editor of the NYRB, and does a great job of pinpointing the major themes of Gravitys Rainbow, even if Locke found parts of it cold and dull.
Gravity's Rainbow (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
[Frank Miller cover]
Thomas Pynchon / Paperback / Published 2006
Gravitys Rainbow (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics, New Edition) [Orange cover, rough-cut pages]
Thomas Pynchon / Paperback / Published 2000
Gravitys Rainbow (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics, Old Edition) [Blue diagram cover]
Thomas Pynchon / Paperback / Published 1995
Thomas Pynchon / Paperback / Published 2000
A Gravitys Rainbow Companion : Sources and Contexts for Pynchons Novel
Steven C. Weisenburger / Paperback / Published 1988
Pictures Showing What Happens on Each Page of Thomas Pynchon's Novel Gravity's Rainbow
Zak Smith / Hardcover and Paperback / Published 2006
Pynchons Mythography: An Approach to Gravitys Rainbow (Crosscurrents/Modern Critiques, Third Series)
Kathryn Hume / Hardcover / Published 1987
The Style of Connectedness: Gravitys Rainbow and Thomas Pynchon
Thomas Moore / Hardcover / Published 1987
Alices adventures in wonderland and Gravitys rainbow: a study in duplex fiction
Danuta Zadworna-Fjellestad (Out Of Print)
Approaches to Gravitys Rainbow
Charles Clerc(Editor). (Out Of Print)
Pynchon: Creative Paranoia in Gravitys Rainbow
Mark Richard Siegel. (Out Of Print)
A Readers Guide to Gravitys Rainbow
Douglas Fowler. (Out Of Print)
Thomas Pynchons Gravitys Rainbow (Modern Critical Interpretations)
Harold Bloom(Editor). (Out Of Print)
Thomas Pynchons Gravity Rainbow : A Study of Its Conceptual Structure and of Rilkes Influence (American University Studies : Series Iv, English Lan)
Charles Hohmann. (Out Of Print)