Joseph Heller’s World War II satire, Catch-22, poses the moral dilemma of how to remain sane in an insane world. When it was first published in 1961, the novel not only became a modern-day classic, but it also introduced the Catch-22 catchphrase into everyday vernacular. Joseph Heller's Catch-22, New Edition offers a varied selection of full-length essays, a detailed chronology, and a thorough index that provide an ideal critical companion for readers wishing to broaden their appreciation of Heller’s modern masterpiece.
CONTENTS Editor's Note Introduction (Harold Bloom) The Logic of Survival in a Lunatic World (Robert Brustein) The Catch (Nelson Algren) A New Novel About Old Troubles (John Wain) Joseph Heller's Catch-22: Only Fools Walk in Darkness (Frederick R. Karl) The Night Journey in Catch-22 (Minna Doskow) Catch-22 Revisited (Joseph Heller) The Structure of Joseph Heller's Catch-22 (Jan Solomon) Time Structure in Catch-22 (Douglas Gaukroger) Catch-22: The Making of a Novel (Richard Lehan and Jerry Patch) I See Everything Twice! The Structure of Joseph Heller's Catch-22 (James L. McDonald) Theme and Structure in Catch-22 (Thomas Allen Nelson) Spindrift and the Sea: Structural Patterns and Unifying Elements in Catch-22 (Clinton S. Burhans, Jr.) A Special Message to Subscribers, Catch-22 (Joseph Heller) The Catch-22 Note Cards (James Nagel) Preface to Catch-22 (Joseph Heller) Catch-23: With the New Sequel to His Postwar Classic, Is Joseph Heller Cashing In or Cashing Out? (David Streitfeld) Götterdämmerung-22 (Christopher Buckley) From Avignon to Catch-22 (David M. Craig) A World Worth Laughing At: Catch-22 and the Humor of Black Humor (Daniel Green) The Early Composition History of Catch-22 (James Nagel) Looking Back at Catch-22 (Norman Podhoretz) Once More Into the Breach: Joseph Heller Gives Catch-22 a Second Act (Sanford Pinsker) Joseph Heller's Combat Experiences in Catch-22 (Michael C. Scoggins) Joseph Heller Chronology Contributors Bibliography Acknowledgments Index