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  • Heller letter claims Yossarian of ‘Catch-22’ not Jewish

    December 6, 2011 | 10:18 am

    Yossarian, the central character in Joseph Heller’s “Catch-22,” was not Jewish, the author wrote in a 40-year-old letter.

    In a private letter auctioned off last month in Los Angeles, Heller clarified the point, though in his characteristically ambiguous style.

    In the...

  • Joseph Heller’s daughter gets the final word

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    September 21, 2011 | 1:00 pm

    As a rule, a novel speaks for itself and its author, but when it comes to Joseph Heller, we are privileged to have an especially intimate source of information about his life and work. In “Yossarian Slept Here: When Joseph Heller Was Dad, the Apthorp Was Home, and Life Was a...

  • Reflections on Joseph Heller

    By Sanford Pinsker

    December 16, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    When you write a book-length study of a living author lots of things can happen; most of them are bad.

    "You've missed a nuance here, a shading there," some will point out, in the iciest language possible, while others go straight to the jugular and angrily insist that you don't know...