17 Facts About Joseph Heller


Joseph Heller was an American author of novels, short stories, plays, and screenplays.


Joseph Heller was nominated in 1972 for the Nobel Prize in Literature.


Joseph Heller's unit was the 488th Bombardment Squadron, 340th Bomb Group, 12th Air Force.


Joseph Heller was first published in 1948, when The Atlantic ran one of his short stories.


Joseph Heller did not do any more writing for the next year, as he planned the rest of the story.


Joseph Heller was not particularly attached to the work, and decided that he would not finish it if publishers were not interested.


Joseph Heller missed his deadline by four to five years, but, after eight years of thought, delivered the novel to his publisher.


Falstein's novel was available two years before Joseph Heller wrote the first chapter of Catch-22.


Shortly after Catch-22 was published, Joseph Heller thought of an idea for his next novel, which would become Something Happened, but did not act on it for two years.


In 1967, Joseph Heller wrote a play called We Bombed in New Haven.


Joseph Heller completed the play in only six weeks, but spent a great deal of time working with the producers as it was brought to the stage.


Joseph Heller wrote another five novels, each of which took him several years to complete.


Joseph Heller did not begin work on a story until he had envisioned both a first and last line.


Usually, within an hour or so of receiving his inspiration, Joseph Heller would have mapped out a basic plot and characters for the story.


Joseph Heller was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of Mount Sinai Medical Hospital the same day, and remained there, bedridden, until his condition had improved enough to permit his transfer to the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine on January 26,1982.


Joseph Heller returned to St Catherine's as a visiting Fellow, for a term, in 1991 and was appointed an Honorary Fellow of the college.


Joseph Heller died of a heart attack at his home in East Hampton, on Long Island, in December 1999, shortly after the completion of his final novel, Portrait of an Artist, as an Old Man.