Who is Joseph Heller?

  • (noun): United States novelist whose best known work was a black comedy inspired by his experiences in the Air Force during World War II (1923-1999).
    Synonyms: Heller

Joseph Heller

Joseph Heller (May 1, 1923 – December 12, 1999) was an American satirical novelist, short story writer, and playwright. The title of one of his works, Catch-22, entered the English lexicon to refer to absurd, no-win choices, particularly in situations in which the desired outcome of the choice is an impossibility, and regardless of choice, the same negative outcome is a certainty. Although he is remembered primarily for Catch-22, his other works center on the lives of various members of the middle class and remain exemplars of modern satire.

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    Frankly, I’d like to see the government get out of war altogether and leave the whole field to private industry.
    —Joseph Heller (b. 1923)