Reading: A Short Note on Pynchon's Sources for "The Firm"

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A Short Note on Pynchon's Sources for "The Firm"

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Hanjo Berressem

Brown University
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As a backdrop to the multiple conspiracies in Gravity's Rainbow, "The Firm" is a silent presence on almost every page of the book. A world-spanning net of political and financial power, it has been recognized as Pynchon's metaphor for the political and technocratic apparatus of our time. My presentation of a text which Pynchon might well have used as a source for his concept of lithe Firm" will only confirm this interpretation, providing some more clues as to Pynchon's intentions for the use of the concept.
How to Cite: Berressem, H., (1984). A Short Note on Pynchon's Sources for "The Firm". Pynchon Notes. (15), pp.77–79. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/pn.390
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Published on 22 Sep 1984.
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