Thomas Pynchon's Mason & Dixon (1997)

Mason & Dixon

Henry Holt & Company Press Release

Oct 1996

"Charles Mason (1728-1786) and Jeremiah Dixon (1733-1779) were the British Surveyors best remembered for running the boundary between Pennsylvania and Maryland that we know today as the Mason-Dixon Line. Here is their story as re-imagined by Thomas Pynchon, in an updated eighteenth-century novel featuring Native Americans and frontier folk, ripped bodices, naval warfare, conspiracies erotic and political, major caffeine abuse. We follow the mismatch'd pair--one rollicking, the other depressive; one Gothic, the other pre-romantic--from their first journey together to the Cape of Good Hope, to pre-Revolutionary America and back, through the strange yet redemptive turns of fortune in their later lives, on a grand tour of the Enlightenment's dark hemisphere, as they observe and participate in the many opportunities for insanity presented to them by the Age of Reason."

ISBN # 0-8050-3758-6
Publication Date: April 1, 1997
61/8 x 91/4 at 704pp.

Expect a 200,000-copy first printing and "National Television and Print Advertising" along with a "National Laydown Date."


Mason & Dixon
Mason & Dixon - Thomas Pynchon