Following a short teaching stint at Pennsylvania State University, Heller joined the corporate world as advertising manager at Time magazine. In 1953, he began working on a novel tentatively titled Catch-18. He later changed the title to avoid confusion with Leon Uris's novel, Mila-18. Heller accepted a managerial advertising job at Look magazine in 1956 and moved to McCall's in 1958, still spending two hours a night on his novel. He later said that he once became discouraged, leaving the manuscript for a week to seek diversions, including watching television, but he was so bored that he hurried back to the book. He wondered how in the world people lived without a novel to write.Catch-22 was published in 1961. Although he taught creative writing courses at Yale and the
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