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Joseph Heller

Biography

Joseph Heller was born in Brooklyn in 1923. His father died when he was four. After high school he did various odd jobs and then he joined the Air Force. He flew sixty missions in Italy. After the war, he studied English, graduating with an M. A. at Columbia University. He taught and then worked in advertising for various magazines, before returning to teaching. He started writing Catch-22 but it took him eight years to finish it. He then worked as a scriptwriter before writing his next novel. His subsequent novels had nowhere near the success of his first. In 1918 he contracted Guillain-Barré syndrome but recovered and wrote about it in No Laughing Matter. He died in 1999.

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Bibliography

1961 Catch-22 (novel)
1968 We Bombed in New Haven (drama)
1971 Catch-22: A Dramatization) (drama)
1973 Clevinger’s Trial (drama)
1974 Something Happened (novel)
1979 Good as Gold (novel)
1984 God Knows (novel)
1986 No Laughing Matter (autobiography)
1988 Picture This (novel)
1994 Closing Time (novel)
1998 Now And Then (autobiography)
2000 Portrait of an Artist, as an Old Man (novel)
2003 Catch As Catch Can: The Collected Stories and Other Writings