Cover Art for Thomas Pynchon's Novels
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This area will be expanding soon, but it's still great entertainment to see how different artists have approached depicting Pynchon's themes through the cover art. Mason & Dixon and Against the Day haven't really generated much variety in cover art yet, but when they do, we'll get on it.
Bookcover art for Thomas Pynchon's first novel, V. (1963) from all over the world. Notice the various renderings of the letter "V," as well as which of the V. themes are featured and how different artists depict these themes and characters.
Bookcover art for Thomas Pynchon's second novel, The Crying of Lot 49 (1966) from around the world. None of them really beats the understated mystery of the original US edition, but they cover a lot of ground. Make sure you check out the first Polish edition!
Bookcover art for Thomas Pynchon's third novel, Gravity's Rainbow (1973). We'll be adding more soon, but make sure you check out the two-volume Japanese edition.