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Godolphin – Goodolphin – Goodol 'phin – Goodol 'Pyn – Good ol 'Pym: A Question of Integration

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Hanjo Berressem

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Every writer draws--in one way or another--on the work of other writers. Few thoughts are ever really original, and so most thought is a strand in an intricate net extending backwards in time, until in some remote region of the past we pass from literature to myth. I would like to untangle one knot, or better still one tiny part of such a knot, in some detail. I shall argue that two episodes in Thomas Pynchon's novel V. show a direct indebtedness to Edgar Allan Poe. Moreover, it is no coincidence that these episodes are Foppl's siege party in the chapter "Mondaugen's story" (which I link with "The Mask of the Red Death") , and the Vheissu affair (which I shall connect with the Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket); 'the' two pairings, I shall argue, are interdependent.
How to Cite: Berressem, H., (1982). Godolphin – Goodolphin – Goodol 'phin – Goodol 'Pyn – Good ol 'Pym: A Question of Integration. Pynchon Notes. (10), pp.3–17. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/pn.434
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Published on 01 Oct 1982.
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