Here’s a thought I just had. To collate and then read all of Pynchon’s works chronologically.
It would go something like this.
- GR flashbacks of Katje’s ancestor, Franz van der Groov, on Mauritius (1750s)
- M&D (1761–69, 1786)
- ATD and then the flashback sections of V interleaved, leading up to the prewar sections of GR (1893–1944)
- the bulk of GR (1944–1945)
- the rest of V (1951–52)
- L49 (~1965)
- Vineland (~1969)
- (Inherent Vice (1971))
- the L.A. coda to GR (~1973)
- Vineland (1984)
- (Bleeding Edge (2001))
(Note, 5 July 2020: I have inserted Inherent Vice and Bleeding Edge, neither of which had been published when I first wrote this post.)