For twenty-two years after Gravity's Rainbow was published, the source-text of Pynchon's epigraph from German rocket scientist Wernher von Braun remained a mystery. Now that we have it in full (see Appendix), criticism needs to reckon with this little homily on immortality. Recovered from History's dustbin and used as an epigraph to the most ghost-ridden novel in our time, Pynchon's epigraph poses incisive questions about the dead, about justice for and histories about them.
How to Cite: Weisenburger, S . (1998) “Haunted History and Gravity's Rainbow”, Pynchon Notes. doi: 10.16995/pn.137