Catch-22 made Joseph Heller famous, but it made itself a lot more famous. It was a book so big it broke free of its author, then flattened him like a boulder. His failures were to it as fertilizer.
“In general, his critical reputation declined,” writes Tracy Daugherty in Just One Catch: A Biography of Joseph Read More
Our favorite parts of Tracy Daugherty’s history of the publication of Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 in the August Vanity Fair, which describes how Catch-22 was a project ushered to life by young people.
This description of Candida Donadio, Heller’s 24-year-old agent:
She rarely spoke about what she implied was a grim Sicilian Catholic upbringing. Read More
Now and Then: From Coney Island to Here , by Joseph Heller. Knopf, 259 pages, $24.
By their novels ye shall know them. If not by their novels, then by their memoirs. If not by their memoirs, then by the memoirs of their ex-wives and former agents. What is there to say about the Read More