Joseph Heller was an American writer, who wrote numerous novels, plays, screenplays, and short stories. He earned a good name after the publication of his best-written novel Catch-22: 50th Anniversary Edition in 1961.
Heller was the son of poor Jewish parents Lena and Isaac Donald Heller. His family belonged to Russia. The writer was passionate about writing since his childhood. He wrote his first story on the Russian title Invasion of Finland. He sent his report to New York Daily News to publish, but they rejected it. After graduating, he worked as a messenger boy and filing clerk to make money.
When he was 19 years old, he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps. After two years, he had given a mission to fly 60 combat. For this purpose, he was sent to the Italian front. Heller said that the people appreciated him, and they consider him a hero after returning from the mission.
Joseph completed the first chapter of the book within one week and sent that content to his agent. After that, he did not write anything for a long time because he was planning the next chapter of the story. The introductory chapter named Catch-18 was published in 1955.
In 1953, Heller was sitting in the morning and thought about the line” it was love at first sight.” This was the point from where the matchless novel Catch-22: 50th Anniversary Edition came into his mind. The very next day, he started writing this novel. He structured the plot, characters, and the outcomes of the story as well.
Although the writer’s intention was to keep his book a novelette, he could write enough content to think that this may be his first novel instead of the novelette; when he wrote one-third of the entire book, his agent sent his work to the publishers.
Heller thought he would complete the novel if the publishers don’t show interest in his work. But fortunately, Simon and Schuster purchased his career and earned 750$. The publishers assured him that they would give him more after the complete work.
The author had changed the novel name from Catch-18 to Catch-22 to avoid any confusion from the novel Mila 18. When the book was published, it was considered the best novel of America’s year. Heller has described the wartime experiences of Army Air Corps Captain John Yossarian.
In the United States, this novel did not get much attention, and hardly 30,000 copies were sold, but in the U.K., it was one of the best novels of the year within just one week of the publication.
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