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Erica Heller

Author, 'Yossarian Slept Here, When Joseph Heller Was Dad, the Apthorp Was Home, and Life Was a Catch-22'

Erica Heller, a former advertising copywriter, is a published novelist, memoirist and journalist. Her father was the author Joseph Heller, who wrote Catch-22, among other books, so she grew up with a healthy dose of irony and black humor. Appropriately, she lives in New York City. Her book, Yossarian Slept Here, When Joseph Heller Was Dad, the Apthorp Was Home, and Life was a Catch-22, was recently published by Simon & Schuster.

Across the Years and Across the Pond: 50 Years of Catch 22

"When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life." Said Samuel Johnson. My father, the author Joseph Heller, who wrote Catch-22, which turns 50 years old today, was tired of neither. He died in 1999, at the age of seventy-six. To say that he was a complex man, is akin to saying that the Empire State Building is tall. He was sometimes brash, sometimes coy, disturbingly cryptic, but about the UK he was none of those things. In fact, he may have loved England more than any place on earth.
10/10/2011 23:57 BST