Dream Tonight of Peacock Tails marks the first in-depth examination of Pynchon's debut vel, which was immediately recognized as a breakthrough masterpiece. The eight essays collected in the volume provide both scholars and avid readers with new and original insights into a too-often underestimated work that, probably even more than Gravity's Rainbow, established Pynchon as one of the great masters of twentieth-century American literature. This book deliberately privileges a multidisciplinary and transnational approach, encompassing collaborations from a particularly international and diverse academic context. As such, this volume offers a multifaceted pattern of expanding investigation that tackles the vel's apparently chaotic but meticulously organized structure by rereading it in the light of recent US and European history and ecomics, as well as by exploring its many real and imagined locations. Not only are the essays brought together here revelatory of Pynchon's way of working, but they also tell us something about our own ways of approaching his fiction.
Paolo Simonetti is Research Fellow at Sapienza Universita di Roma. He has published extensively on historical fiction, postmodernist and contemporary American literature, including comics and graphic novels. He has edited the complete works of Bernard Malamud for I Meridiani Mondadori. Umberto Rossi is a teacher, independent scholar, literary journalist, and translator. He has published two monographs on Philip K. Dick and on war literature, and several essays on Pynchon, Dick, Heller, Hemingway, Evangelisti, Ballard, Disch, Lethem, science fiction, and postmodernism.