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Mason & Dixon

Mason & Dixon

Pynchon, Thomas

Charles Mason (1728-1786) and Jeremiah Dixon (1733-1779) were the British surveyors best remembered for running the boundary between Pennsylvania and Maryland known as the Mason-Dixon Line. This book provides a fictional account of their story

Paperback, Book. English. Biographical fiction.
Published London: Vintage, 1998

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Statement of responsibility: Thomas Pynchon
ISBN: 0099771918, 9780099771913
Note: Originally published: London: Jonathan Cape, 1997.
Physical Description: 773 p. ; 20 cm.
Subject: Mason, Charles, 1728-1786 Fiction.; Dixon, Jeremiah Fiction.; United States History Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775 Fiction.

Author note

Thomas Pynchon is the author ofV.,

The Crying of Lot 49,Gravity's Rainbow,Slow Learner, a collection of short stories,Vinelandand, most recently,Against the Day. He received the National Book Award forGravity's Rainbowin 1974.


"Pynchon's finest work yet...if anyone is still looking for the Great American Novel...then this may well be it"
Scotland on Sunday||"A rollicking, picaresque tale... playful, erudite and funny"
New York Times||"Very grand and mad and beautiful...I can't remember ever having reviewed a more original novel... and if America produces a novel to come near this marvellous, proliferating thing this decade, I promise to eat it"
Spectator||"Pynchon offers readers a trip as long and full of yearning as that of his heroes"
New Yorker||"A hugely ambitous cases all of Mr Pynchon's gifts as a writer: his magical abilty to fuse history and fable, science and science fiction; his Swiftean grasp of satire and his vaudevillian's sense of farce. It's a book that testifies to his remarkable powers of invention and his sheer power as a storyteller... as moving as it is cerebral, as poignant as it is daring"
New York Times