Joseph Heller was an unknown novelist on November 10

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Unformatted text preview: Joseph Heller was an unknown novelist on November 10, 1961, the official date of the publication of his first book, Catch-22 . Within two years, the novel and the author had made a place for themselves in literary history. (The critical reception of Catch-22 is discussed in detail in the "Introduction to the Novel" section.) It was a hard act to follow. Throughout his career, Heller's work was repeatedly compared, usually unfavorably, to his first effort. Interviewers often implied that he had not written anything since Catch-22 to match that classic. On one occasion, Heller simply replied, "Who has?" Between the publication of his first and second novels, Heller experimented with drama, his most notable play being We Bombed in New Haven, which was first produced at the Yale Repertory Theater in 1967 and ran on Broadway for eighty-six performances in the fall of 1968. As with most of Theater in 1967 and ran on Broadway for eighty-six performances in the fall of 1968....
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