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Unformatted text preview: Initially, the critical response to Joseph Heller's first novel, published in the autumn of 1961, was mixed. Some of the most prestigious reviews were quite negative. Richard G. Stern, in The New York Times Book Review (October 22, 1961), wrote that the novel "gasps for want of craft and sensibility" and that the book was "no novel." He compared Heller to an artist who throws "all the ideas in his sketchbooks onto one canvas, relying on their charm and shock to compensate for the lack of design." The New Yorker (December 9, 1961) agreed that the book was hardly worthy of being called a novel and confidently asserted that it "doesn't even seem to have been written; instead it gives the impression of having been shouted onto paper." Even generally favorable reviews complained that the novel was too long, repetitious, and confusing. The worst was yet to come. Despite a gestation period of more than a year, Daedalus, Vol. 92 (Winter 1963) showed no mercy. Vol....
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