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Just one catch : a biography of Joseph Heller

Author: Tracy Daugherty
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"In time for the 50th anniversary of Catch-22, Tracy Daugherty, the critically acclaimed author of Hiding Man (a New Yorker and New York Times Notable book), illuminates his most vital subject yet in this first biography of Joseph Heller. Joseph Heller was a Coney Island kid, the son of Russian immigrants, who went on to great fame and fortune. His most memorable novel took its inspiration from a mission he flew  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographie
Biography
Biographies
Named Person: Joseph Heller; Joseph Heller; Joseph Heller; Joseph Heller; Joseph (Schriftsteller) Heller
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Tracy Daugherty
ISBN: 9780312596859 0312596855
OCLC Number: 704383812
Description: xii, 548 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Prologue: Yo-yo --
Part one: Good fellows. Domestic engagements --
A Coney Island of the mind --
Fear of filing --
A cold war --
"I don't love you any more" --
Part two: Happy Valley. Words in a box --
Naked --
Tea and sympathy --
Part three: Live forever. Caught inside --
18 --
22 --
Part four: What happened. The realist --
Bombs --
Where is World War II? --
The willies --
Part five: Die trying. Hard to swallow --
Go figure --
The new world --
Closing time --
When they speak of the war --
Epilogue: Cleaning house.
Responsibility: Tracy Daugherty.
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Joseph Heller was a Coney Island kid, the son of Russian immigrants, who went on to great fame and fortune. His most memorable novel took its inspiration from a mission he flew over France in WWII.  Read more...

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