Chapter 38. Joseph Heller

  1. David Seed Professor
  1. David M. Craig Director Headmaster

Published Online: 5 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310108.ch38

A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction

A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction

How to Cite

Craig, D. M. (2009) Joseph Heller, in A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction (ed D. Seed), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444310108.ch38

Editor Information

  1. University of Liverpool, UK

Author Information

  1. Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 16 OCT 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405146913

Online ISBN: 9781444310108

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Keywords:

  • Joseph Heller, Catch - 22 and understanding Cold War-era America;
  • Catch-22 - his desire to stop flying combat missions as proof of his sanity;
  • Catch-22 and Closing Time - embodying life, fears and appetites;
  • tree-of-life episode - central issues of the novel;
  • Catch-22 of Something Happened - the cast of Slocum's own mind;
  • Heller's three novels – Good as Gold (1979), God Knows (1984), Picture This (1988);
  • Good as Gold - book on American Jewish experience;
  • Heller's authorial self-consciousness;
  • Rembrandt's painting of the masterpiece, Aristotle Contemplating the Bust of Homer

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • References and Further Reading