Catch 22 (Paperback)
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|A fiftieth anniversary edition of "Catch-22, "one of the twentieth century''s most revered novels.|
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A fiftieth anniversary edition of Catch-22, one of the twentieth century's most revered novels.
Son of conservative writer and pundit William F. Buckley, "the only child of parents who were very busy at becoming famous," Christopher Buckley grew up in Connecticut and was educated at various Catholic schools, including one run by Benedictine monks. Before heading for Yale, he worked as a deckhand on a tramp steamer and sailed around the world. At Yale, he edited the Yale Daily News and, at the age of 24, became managing editor of Esquire. In 1980 he was drafted by President George Bush as a speechwriter; his satirical first novel, THE WHITE HOUSE MESS, based on his Washington experience, was published in 1988. In 2008, Buckley wrote a regular column for the National Review, which was published on the back page of the magazine. However, he caused a serious stir in conservative circles when he wrote an article that appeared on a website during the heat of the presidential campaign, entitled "Sorry, Dad, I'm Voting for Obama." When Buckley offered to resign from the magazine his father had founded, his resignation was quickly accepted. When asked by Deborah Solomon of the New York Times if he had expected the magazine to accept his offer, Buckley answered, "Well, I--no. No, I didn't."Born and raised in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn, Heller attended City College and flew 60 bombing missions for the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II. Out of that experience came CATCH-22, largely ignored by critics and public at first, but soon widely celebrated as the first truly comic war novel; he wrote a sequel to it, CLOSING TIME, in 1994. Heller worked in advertising and taught literature at his alma mater and at Yale; during the Vietnam War he was an outspoken critic of U.S. policies. In 1981 he contracted a rare nerve disorder, Guillain-Barre syndrome, which left him paralyzed for nearly a year, an experience he wrote about in his non-fiction book, NO LAUGHING MATTER. He has written a total of six novels and a volume of autobiography, as well as screenplays, scripts for TV, and one (not very successful) play. Toward the end of his life, Heller commented, "It used to shock me and alarm me and discourage me that there was a general decline of everything of value. But it doesn't surprise me anymore. It seems inevitable and natural and there's no way to resist it.'' Heller was married twice and had a son and a daughter. He died of a heart attack at 76.
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