To add a significant phrase to our language is no easy feat, but that is precisely what Joseph Heller (1923-1999) did with "catch-22," the principle of absurdist logic and bureaucratic foul-up that energized his debut novel, Catch-22, in 1961. In this revised edition of Understanding Joseph Heller, Sanford Pinsker explores the idiosyncratic vision that permeates Heller's complete body of work, as he maps the dark terrain Heller carved out, novel by novel, with considerable verbal dazzle and the uncompromising outrage of the classical satirist.
This updated edition includes new chapters on Closing Time, the sequel to Catch-22; Now and Then, Heller's memoir of growing up in Brooklyn; Portrait of an Artist, as an Old Man, his posthumously published novel; and Catch as Catch Can, a collection of assorted short stories and sketches.
|Publisher:||University of South Carolina Press|
|Series:||Understanding Contemporary American Literature Series|
|Edition description:||Revised Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Sanford Pinsker is an emeritus professor of humanities at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he taught courses in American literature and creative writing for nearly forty years. He has published books on the Jewish American novel as well as studies of Cynthia Ozick, Philip Roth, and Joseph Heller.
Table of Contents
Series Editor's Preface ix
Chapter 1 Understanding Joseph Heller 1
Chapter 2 Catch-22 15
Chapter 3 Something Happened 40
Chapter 4 Good as Gold 64
Chapter 5 God Knows 86
Chapter 6 No Laughing Matter 103
Chapter 7 Picture This 125
Chapter 8 Closing Time 140
Chapter 9 Now and Then and Portrait of an Artist, as an Old Man 155
Coda: Catch as Catch Can 164