Joseph Heller

Joseph Heller, 1923–99, American writer, b. Brooklyn, N.Y. Heller is best known for his first novel, Catch-22 (1961). Set in World War II, it is a darkly humorous commentary on the illogic of war and bureaucracy. The title, which refers to an inescapable double bind, has entered the language. Heller dramatized his novel in 1971 and published a sequel, Closing Time, in 1994. His other works include the play We Bombed in New Haven (1967); the novels Something Happened (1974), Good As Gold (1979), God Knows (1984), and Picture This (1989); and the memoir Now and Then (1998). From his earliest writing days to his later career, Heller also wrote short stores, many of them included in Catch as Catch Can (2003).

See memoir by his daughter, E. Heller (2011); biography by T. Daugherty (2011); studies by R. Merrill (1987) and D. Seed (1989).

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Joseph Heller: Selected full-text books and articles

Syracuse as Vietnam: The Classical Intertext of Joseph Heller's Picture This By Pauw, F Akroterion, Annual 2009
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How to Do Things with Contradiction: Exploring Humour in Joseph Heller's Catch-22 By Hidalgo Downing, Laura Atlantis, revista de la Asociación Española de Estudios Anglo-Norteamericanos, Vol. 23, No. 2, December 2000
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"This Book of Ours": The Crisis of Authorship and Joseph Heller's Portrait of an Artist, as an Old Man By Savu, Laura Elena Intertexts, Vol. 7, No. 1, Spring 2003
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Pathological Communication Patterns in Heller's 'Catch-22.' By Moore, Michael ETC.: A Review of General Semantics, Vol. 52, No. 4, Winter 1995
The Day Bush Left By Heller, Joseph The Nation, Vol. 250, No. 22, June 4, 1990
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