Joseph Heller





Joseph Heller

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

died
December 12, 1999

gender
male

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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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Average rating: 3.95 · 464,661 ratings · 11,714 reviews · 15 distinct works · Similar authors
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More books by Joseph Heller…
“He was going to live forever, or die in the attempt.”
Joseph Heller, Catch-22

“Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you.”
Joseph Heller, Catch-22

“Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them.”
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March 2015 Revisit the Shelf Classic Reread


Which book would you like to read for our March 2015 Revisit the Shelf Classics group reread?

1903, The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy, 204 pages
 
  14 votes, 25.5%

1898, The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells, 192 pages
 
  7 votes, 12.7%

 
  6 votes, 10.9%

 
  5 votes, 9.1%

1929, A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway, 293 pages
 
  5 votes, 9.1%

1839, Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, 554 pages
 
  4 votes, 7.3%

1969, Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, 215 pages
 
  3 votes, 5.5%

1961, Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, 453 pages
 
  3 votes, 5.5%

1811, Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, 409 pages
 
  2 votes, 3.6%

1847, Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, 464 pages
 
  2 votes, 3.6%

1963, Dune by Frank Herbert, 604 pages
 
  2 votes, 3.6%

1960, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, 324 pages
 
  1 vote, 1.8%

1936, Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, 1037 pages
 
  1 vote, 1.8%

1935, Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier, 320 pages
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

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