Bruce Anderson, the editor of the AVA, was later struck, while reading Vineland, with the stylistic and biographical similarities to Thomas Pynchon (1937 - ), and published a book to that effect. The same thesis was taken up by Fred Gardner and TR Factor (alias Diane Kearney and C.O. Jones), who also published a book on the thesis.
The alternate opinion has been put forward by Don Foster, Shakespeare scholar and literary detective, that Wanda is in fact an obscure beat poet, Tom Hawkins (1927 – 1988) who killed his wife and committed suicide at the time of the last Tinasky letter. More matches of biographical details turned up, and his poetry is recycled in the letters.
*Not Diane Kearney, the HBS advocate.
- Bruce Anderson (ed). The Letters of Wanda Tinasky to the AVA, The: The Complete Casebook San Francisco: Anderson Valley Advertiser 1995.
- TR Factor (ed). The Letters of Wanda Tinasky. Portland, Or: Vers Libre Press 1996.
- Don Foster. “Wanda, the Fort Bragg Bag Lady”. Author Unknown: On the Trail of Anonymous. New York: Henry Holt 2000.
- “Wanda Tinasky”. Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wanda_Tinasky.