Joseph Heller’s debut novel Catch-22 will always be remembered as a brilliantly scathing indictment of war and one of the great absurdist comedies of 20th century American literature. However, it also created a painful catch-22 for its author at the expense of his subsequent works, which he would eventually explore in his final novel Portrait of an Artist as an Old Man.
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Date of Birth:
May 1, 1923
Place of Birth:
Brooklyn, New York
Date of Death:
December 12, 1999
|Place of Death:
East Hampton, New York
New York University, B.A. in English, Phi Beta Kappa, 1948
Columbia University, M.A., 1949
|Good to Know|
|Heller often supplemented his income by taking screenwriting jobs. He worked on screenplays for the films Sex and the Single Girl and Casino Royale, and even worked on the television show McHale's Navy under the pseudonym "Max Orange."|
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|Portrait of the Artist, as an Old Man|
Joseph L. Heller
In his posthumous novel, Heller’s protagonist Eugene Pota has a serious case of writer’s block. Follow Pota’s desperate, yet humorous efforts as he searches his mind for that new novel that will catapult him back to the success he had from his earlier works.
|Now and Then|
In Now and Then, Heller offers a look at his own life, written with the energy, humor, and dark undertone that characterize his fiction. Spanning three decades of his literary career, Conversations with Joseph Heller contains a selection of the most significant, informative, and interesting Heller interviews.