Who are the two greatest male writers of the 20th century? It would be hard to argue against these two literary giants.
In one corner, you have the champ – JAMES “THE GIANT” JOYCE. He wrote some incredibly dense books like Ulysses and Finnegan’s Wake, that people still find difficult to understand.
In the other corner, you have the challenger – THOMAS “DRUGGLES” PYNCHON. Forty years after Joyce, he wrote some more complex books like Gravity’s Rainbow, V. and The crying of Lot 49, that are also a bit hard to understand.
Put these two in a boxing ring together, and what do you have?
The Greatest fight in literary history.
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THOMAS PYNCHON LOOKS LIKE THIS
Have you read Gravity's Rainbow? How about The Crying of Lot 49? There's also Vineland and V., which, by the way, doesn't stand for Vineland. Thomas Pynchon has written a lot of great books over the years, but no one really knows what the fellow looks like. Well, we have him on the front of one of our t-shirts. Isn't that cool?
TOP TEN THOMAS PYNCHON NOVELS:
01. Gravity's Rainbow
02. The Crying of Lot 49
05. Mason & Dixon
06. Against the Day
07. Inherent Vice
08. Bleeding Edge
TOP JAMES JOYCE NOVELS:
02. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
03. Finnegan's Wake
Franz Kafka died in 1924. Friedrich Nietzsche died in 1900. Kafka was about 17 when Nietzsche died. Both wrote in German. Even though there is no evidence to support this, we believe that if the two men had met, that a fight would have broken out — and that the winner of such fight would not necessarily have been the one you might think.
KAFKA NOVELS TO READ:
1. The Castle
2. The Trial
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