Conspicuous by its absence, Tennyson's Idylls of the King has seemingly been ignored by critics concerned with the theme of quest and anti-quest in Pynchon's writing. And yet, the section of the Idylls devoted to the Holy Grail offers a supreme example of the anti-quest. Only Galahad achieves the quest, but his solipsistic vision destroys the remainder of the Round Table. The failed quest in Tennyson is intricately tied to what we would call today "the themes of entropy" which permeate the Idylls.
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Duyfhuizen, B., (1980) “A Brief Further Remark on "Pynchon's Anti-Quests"”, Pynchon Notes 4, p.25. doi: https://doi.org/10.16995/pn.496