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Catch as catch can : the collected stories and other writings

Author: Joseph Heller; Matthew J Bruccoli; Park Bucker
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2003.
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Long before there was a Catch-22, before there was even a Catch-18 (the novel's original title), Joseph Heller had begun sharpening his skills as a writer, searching for the voice that would best express the peculiarly wry view that he held of the world. Starting in 1945, with the publication in Story magazine of the short story "I Don't Love You Anymore," Heller began to reach out to an audience of readers damaged  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Heller, Joseph.
Catch as catch can.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2003
(OCoLC)606931787
Material Type: Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph Heller; Matthew J Bruccoli; Park Bucker
ISBN: 0743243749 9780743243742
OCLC Number: 51095413
Description: xviii, 333 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: I don't love you any more --
Bookies, beware! --
Lot's wife --
Castle of snow --
Girl from Greenwich --
A man named Flute --
Nothing to be done --
World full of great cities --
MacAdam's log --
Love, Dad --
Yossarian survives --
Catch-23: Yossarian lives --
The day Bush left --
To laugh in the morning --
A day in the country --
From dawn to dusk --
The death of the dying swan --
The sound of asthma --
Clevinger's trial --
Catch-22 revisited --
Joseph Heller talks about Catch-22 --
Reeling in Catch-22 --
"I am the bombardier!" --
Coney Island: the fun is over.
Other Titles: Man named Flute.
Day Bush left.
Day in the country.
Death of the dying swan.
Sound of asthma.
I am the Bombardier!.
Responsibility: Joseph Heller ; edited by Matthew J. Bruccoli and Park Bucker.
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Long before there was a Catch-22, before there was even a Catch-18 (the novel's original title), Joseph Heller had begun sharpening his skills as a writer, searching for the voice that would best express the peculiarly wry view that he held of the world. Starting in 1945, with the publication in Story magazine of the short story "I Don't Love You Anymore," Heller began to reach out to an audience of readers damaged and disillusioned by their experiences during World War II. That story dealt with the return home of an American soldier who was having more than a little trouble adjusting. The stories published following this debut continued to reflect people at odds with the world around them, usually featuring the "little guy," the "underdog," the "average Joe" who beats the odds by surviving in a generally hostile and unwelcoming world. Written in what is termed the "New York Style," his were stories of urban naturalism, realistic and straightforward, emulating the work of such writers as Irwin Shaw, William Saroyan, John O'Hara, and, perhaps most especially, Nelson Algren. For Heller, writing these stories was a part of the learning process, his education on how to get across his own point of view, leading up to the publication of his masterpiece, Catch-22. Of the stories in this collection, thirteen were written before 1961, when Catch-22 was published; of those, five have never before been published. After Catch-22, Heller forsook the short story form. Though five stories were published after 1961, one-"World Full of Great Cities"-was actually written in 1949; three of the other four are spin-offs of Catch-22, and one is a preview of Closing Time. Rounding out this collection of the complete published short writings of Joseph Heller are a short play and several nonfiction pieces, mostly related to Catch-22.

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