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Pynchon uses satire, irony, and symbolism in contemporary society to expose flaws in morals and individual psychology. Thomas Pynchon was born May 8, 1937 in Glen Cove, Long Island, New York. Young Thomas enjoyed a comfortable living, as his father assumed the office of Oyster Bay city supervisor, providing him and his two sisters, Judith and John, with a suitable environment for thriving young minds. (Gale, "The Straight Dope.") Exceptionally bright, Thomas graduated from Oyster Bay High School in 1953 at the age of 16, he graduated with honors. (Chambers, 11) Pynchon obtained a complete scholarship to Cornell University, however, in the conclusion of the sophomore year that he fell out, also enlisted for service in the U.S. navy. Following a tour at the sinking Pynchon returned to Cornell in 1957, and transferred to the College of Arts and Sciences in which he received his English degree. (Gale, "The Straight Dope.") In precisely the same year Thomas graduated with his B.A. with a "distinction in most areas". In 1959 the book of his next short story, "Mortality and Mercy in Vienna" became the extravagant case of an epoch. His next "book", The Crying of Lot 49, was published in 1966, and Pynchon shows a feeling of satirical comedy throughout. Finally Vineland was printed in 1990 and as the last of his later works it remains among the most ironic works in his differently ironic presence. Soon after his final publication of Vineland, Pynchon became scarce and has completely avoided any media focus, his whereabouts are still unknown. Only his second release, Mortality and Mercy in Vienna was a sweeping brief story that really represented Pynchon's coming of age as a writer. The narrative can be considered and epoch as similar to Pynchon's own life, th...