Books by Joseph Heller

CATCH AS CATCH CAN by Joseph Heller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2003

"Still, the world is grateful that Heller's trick, if indeed only one, was Catch-22."
A collection of Helleriana that goes far toward showing that the author was a one-trick pony. Read full book review >
PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST, AS AN OLD MAN by Joseph Heller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2000

"It's a terrific swan song."
One guesses that the late Joseph Heller (1923-99) must have chafed at the irony of a 40-year literary career during which he was identified almost exclusively as the author of his first novel. Read full book review >
NOW AND THEN by Joseph Heller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Knowing, winningly funny, and engagingly bittersweet."
 The author of Catch-22 and five other novels looks back on the Brooklyn streets that spawned his twisted sense of humor. Read full book review >
CLOSING TIME by Joseph Heller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 1994

"Be content with the original and pretend the sequel never happened. (First printing of 200,000; first serial to Playboy; author tour)"
 The long-unawaited sequel to an American classic. Read full book review >
PICTURE THIS  by Joseph Heller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 2, 1988

"Just terrible—and even a little boorish."
You could say, being charitable, that Heller has now firmly moved his work in a new direction: postmodernist, syncretic, contrapuntal. Read full book review >
NO LAUGHING MATTER by Speed Vogel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1985

"Beneath its sarcasms, then, an enjoyable, life-affirming account of friendship and courage."
Leave it to Heller to have a bout with paralysis and death that brims with life and humor. Read full book review >
GOD KNOWS by Joseph Heller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 1984

"So, though sometimes only half-amusing and never really persuasive as a serious theological farce (David is waiting for an apology from God), Heller's Biblical free-for-all is sure to win a substantial, curious, browsing-and-sampling audience."
Some Promised Land. Read full book review >
GOOD AS GOLD by Joseph Heller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1979

"Heller's loose now, less focused and taking different sorts of risks; here he's flagrantly, Yiddishiy Jewish, taking us deep into familial dread and laughter."
Critics rightly complained that Bob Slocum, the "hero" of Heller's last novel, Something Happened, was really Jewish beneath his WASP trappings. Read full book review >
SOMETHING HAPPENED by Joseph Heller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1974

"Whatever, wherever, Heller's Kvetch-570 will be read and read and read."
Coming up with a judgment on Something Happened (you'll wait a while for that something to happen — nothing does until the shattering clincher) should be the hottest game of Russian roulette in town this fall. Read full book review >
CATCH-22 by Joseph Heller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 1961

"Catch — 22 is also concerned with some of war's horrors and atrocities and it is at times painfully grim."
Catch 22 is an unusual, wildly inventive comic novel about World War II and its publishers are planning considerable publicity for it. Read full book review >