Joseph Heller


Born
in Brooklyn, New York, The United States
May 01, 1923

Died
December 12, 1999

Genre

Influences
William Saroyon


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Joseph Heller was the son of poor Jewish parents from Russia. Even as a child, he loved to write; at the age of eleven, he wrote a story about the Russian invasion of Finland. He sent it to New York Daily News, which rejected it. After graduating from Abraham Lincoln High School in 1941, Heller spent the next year working as a blacksmith's apprentice, a messenger boy, and a filing clerk. In 1942, at age 19, he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps. Two years later he was sent to Italy, where he flew 60 combat missions as a B-25 bombardier. Heller later remembered the war as "fun in the beginning... You got the feeling that there was something glorious about it."
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“He was going to live forever, or die in the attempt.”
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Polls

January 2015 Revisit the Shelf Classic Poll

 
  12 votes, 22.6%

1898, The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells, 192 pages
 
  9 votes, 17.0%

1929, A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway, 293 pages
 
  7 votes, 13.2%

1961, Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, 453 pages
 
  6 votes, 11.3%

1952, East of Eden by John Steinbeck, 601 pages
 
  5 votes, 9.4%

 
  4 votes, 7.5%

 
  4 votes, 7.5%

 
  3 votes, 5.7%

1861, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, 505 pages
 
  2 votes, 3.8%

 
  1 vote, 1.9%

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