Joseph Heller was born in 1923 in Brooklyn, New York. He served as a bombardier in the Second World War and then attended New York University and Columbia University and then Oxford, the last on a Fullbright scholarship. He then taught for two years at Pennsylvania State University, before returning to New York, where he began a successful career in the advertising departments of Time, Look and McCall's magazines. It was during this time that he had the idea for Catch-22. Working on the novel in spare moments and evenings at home, it took him eight years to complete and was first published in 1961. His second novel, Something Happened was published in 1974, Good As Gold in 1979 and Closing Time in 1994. He is also the author of the play We Bombed in New Haven.
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TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD still rules the book-lovers roost as we announce the 10 Bestselling Vintage Classics books. Our current Top 10 Vintage Classics Bestsellers list shows Australian’s are still keen to get to know the Great American classics such as Hemingway, but fairytales and book-to-film adaptations are still vying for space on our bookshelves. Plus there’s new ‘future classic’ additions to the list from authors like Margaret Atwood and Haruki Murakami.
by Random House Australia on 26 February 2015
Here are five things you may not realise about the enigma that is the busiest man in publishing.