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Topic - Joseph Heller
Stephen King loves scaring people, but one student at University of Massachusetts Lowell tried to find out Friday what scares him.
Students more accustomed to computer screens than manual typewriters are getting a chance to sit at author Joseph Heller's stained wooden desk and type on the battered Smith-Corona he used to compose his acclaimed novel "Catch-22."
This year has been a season of memoirs written by the daughters of the famous: Alexandra Styron's "Reading My Father," about William Styron, and Katharine Weber's "The Memory of All That," about her grandmother Kay Swift and George Gershwin. Joining them is Erica Heller, novelist and creative consultant, piecing together the puzzle of her father, Joseph Heller, who used his experience of flying missions over France during World War II as the inspiration for his most famous (and lasting) 1961 novel.
Fifty years after the publication of "Catch-22," author Joseph Heller is long dead, and his editor has finally gotten around to re-reading it.
Fifty years after the publication of "Catch-22," author Joseph Heller is long dead and his editor has finally gotten around to re-reading it.
A small exhibit at a University of South Carolina library displays the desk, typewriter and lamp used by Heller as he wrote many of his major works.
"It made no difference," he wrote.