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Thomas Pynchon

Name at birth: Thomas Ruggles Pynchon, Jr.Literary critics loved Thomas Pynchon's first novel, V, published in 1963. Instantly he was considered one of the great new prose modernists, and he was soon…

Pynchon, Thomas

(Encyclopedia) Pynchon, Thomas pĭn´chən , 1937–, American novelist, b. Glen Cove, N.Y., grad. Cornell, 1958. Pynchon is noted for his amazingly fertile imagination, his wild sense…

Pynchon, John

(Encyclopedia) Pynchon, John pĭn´chən [key], c.1626–1703, American colonist and merchant, b. England; son of William Pynchon. He emigrated to Massachusetts Bay colony with his father…

Pynchon, William

(Encyclopedia) Pynchon, William, c.1590–1662, American colonist and theologian, b. England. An original patentee and assistant in the Massachusetts Bay Company, he migrated to America…

Thomas of Erceldoune

(Encyclopedia) Thomas of Erceldoune ûr´səldo͞on˝ [key], fl. 1220?–1297?, Scottish seer and poet, also known as Thomas the Rhymer and Thomas Learmont. Evidence of his existence is…

Saint Thomas

(Encyclopedia) Saint Thomas, island (2010 pop. 51,634), 32 sq mi (83 sq km), one of the U.S. Virgin Islands , West Indies. Charlotte Amalie , the capital of the U.S. Virgin…

Fort Thomas

(Encyclopedia) Fort Thomas, city (1990 pop. 16,032), Campbell co., N Ky., on the Ohio River, a residential suburb S of Cincinnati, Ohio; inc. 1867. The city was named after an Army post…

Saint Thomas

(Encyclopedia) Saint Thomas, city (1991 pop. 29,990), S Ont., Canada, S of London. Originally the center for a rich agricultural area, it became a rail and manufacturing center…

Thomas à Kempis

(Encyclopedia) Thomas à Kempis kĕm´pĭs [key], b. 1379 or 1380, d. 1471, German monk, traditional author of The Imitation of Christ, b. Kempen, Germany. He was schooled at…

Thomas of Celano

(Encyclopedia) Thomas of Celano chālä´nō [key], fl. 13th cent., Italian Franciscan friar. One of the first companions of St. Francis , he wrote the two principal lives of St.…