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Conversations with Joseph Heller
     

Conversations with Joseph Heller

by Joseph Heller, Joseph L. Heller, Adam J. Sorkin (Editor)
 

Spanning three decades of his literary career, from Catch-22 to comments on the Persian Gulf War, Conversations with Joseph Heller contains a selection of the most significant, informative, and interesting interviews with one of America’s foremost novelists.

In these interviews Heller reveals his interest in the structure, effects, and themes of his

Overview

Spanning three decades of his literary career, from Catch-22 to comments on the Persian Gulf War, Conversations with Joseph Heller contains a selection of the most significant, informative, and interesting interviews with one of America’s foremost novelists.

In these interviews Heller reveals his interest in the structure, effects, and themes of his works, his satirical purposes, the influences upon him, his writing methods, his political opinions, and a host of other topics that challenge and engage his lively and reflective mind.

Included here are two interviews not previously published, interviews from student newspapers and university magazines, and two highly comic “anti-interviews” with close friends Mel Brooks and George Mandel.

Here are two largely serious interviews with his friends Robert Alan Aurthur and Barbara Gelb. Also in this collection are Heller’s conversations with authors Martin Amis and George Plimpton and a probing exchange with Bill Moyers about democracy, politics, and Heller’s Picture This. Among the interviews are his talks with Sam Merrill in Playboy, Paul Krassner of The Realist, and with Chet Flippo of Rolling Stone.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780878056347
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Publication date:
01/28/1998
Series:
Literary Conversations Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.24(h) x 1.03(d)

Read an Excerpt

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.

Meet the Author


Adam J. Sorkin is an associate professor of English at Pennslvania State University.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
May 1, 1923
Date of Death:
December 12, 1999
Place of Birth:
Brooklyn, New York
Place of Death:
East Hampton, New York
Education:
New York University, B.A. in English, Phi Beta Kappa, 1948<br> Columbia University, M.A., 1949

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