Conversations with Joseph Heller


Interviews with the author of Catch-22
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Interviews with the author of Catch-22
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617036989
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Series: Literary Conversations Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Adam J. Sorkin is an associate professor of English at Pennslvania State University.
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Playboy: Have you any fantasies that are closer to home?

Heller: Well, sometimes I think about moving out of the city, but it always takes the form of going to New Hampshire and living next door to J. D. Salinger. But, of course, if that happened, Salinger would immediately move to Montana. There I'd be, stuck out in the country with nobody to talk to.

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Table of Contents

The Heller Cult 3
An Impolite Interview with Joseph Heller 6
The Joy Catcher 30
A Few of the Jokes, Maybe Yes, But Not the Whole Book 33
Playwright-in-Anguish 46
Did Heller Bomb on Broadway? 51
Portrait of a Man Reading 56
Literary Dialogue with Joseph Heller 61
An Interview in New York with Joseph Heller 78
Notes on the Next Novel: An Interview with Joseph Heller 91
Hanging Out 100
Joseph Heller 105
Joseph Heller: 13 Years from Catch-22 to Something Happened 118
Joseph Heller: An Interview 127
Writing Technique Can Be Taught, Says Joseph Heller 134
Joe Heller, Author on Top of the World 137
Playboy Interview: Joseph Heller 144
Joseph Heller in Conversation with Martin Amis 177
Catching Joseph Heller 185
Mel Brooks Meets Joseph Heller 201
Joseph Heller on America's "Inhuman Callousness" 210
An Interview with Joseph Heller 212
Checking in with Joseph Heller 224
Catching up with Joseph Heller 235
Humor and the Ability to Create It Cannot Be Taught 243
Clive Sinclair Talks to Joseph Heller about the Fall of Kings 245
Joe and Speed Spend a Summer Day Laughing about No Laughing Matter 248
Usually I Don't Want to Be Too Funny 254
Joseph Heller, Novelist 276
Contemplating Joseph Heller 290
Catching Heller 293
Index 295
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