Date Published: 1967 to 1993
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: No binding
Joseph Heller was an American satirical novelist, short story writer, and playwright. His second novel, "Something Happened" published in 1974, spanning thirteen years after Catch-22, his best-known work. Something Happened has failed to achieve the renown of Catch-22 but has a cult following, with some considering it one of Heller's finest works.
This collection includes 12 items dating from 1967 to 1993, specifically, 1 Heller signed 1974 typed photocopy manuscript of "Something Happened”, 6 signed letter, 2 post cards, 1 signed sketch of Heller and 2 signed books.
Collection content details;
1 SIGNED TYPESCRIPT (ts),
• Photocopy of a typescript of the novel "Something Happened" dated 1974 (numbered 812pp). Signed and dated on the ts. title page by Heller 4/21/76, New York City. This ts. appears to have belonged to Heller himself. The book, "Something Happened", had mixed reviews (even to this day) with this positive side of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr's quote on October 6, 1974 The New York Times book Review..."Is this book any good? Yes. It is splendidly put together and hypnotic to read. It is as clear and hard-edged as a cut diamond. Mr. Heller's concentration and patience are so evident on every page that one can only say that "Something Happened" is at all points precisely what he hoped it would be."
6 SIGNED LETTERS, 2 POST CARDS AND 1 SIGNED SKETCH:
• ALS to [Schaeffer] circa 1987: ““Send it along in a stamped self-addressed book mailing envelope and I will be happy to oblige.”
• ALS to Heller from Darren Schaeffer, n.d. , asking about the original title of Catch-22, with an appended note Reply from Heller on this letter: “Yep, it really began as Catch-18. J.H. And silly me! I signed George’s book on the back page first. I think he’ll be pleased. J.H.”
• 2 TLS to Don Carpenter (American writer, best known as the author of Hard Rain Falling), 6 September 1962 and 19 January 1963, re views and reviews of Catch-22 and the merits of San Francisco versus New York.
• TLS to Mr. Adamucci, 21 October 1967, urging him not to see Cleopatra but to read Catch-22 instead.
• TLS to Miss Beach, 1 October 1969, sending her a copy We Bombed in New Haven pointing out that the final version has a number of changes in it.
• Postcard to George Hooke, 20 April 1987: “Send it with a stamped self-addressed book mailer & I’ll be happy to oblige.”
• Postcard to Schaeffer, 9 May 1987, re his appreciation of Catch-22.
• Pencil sketch of Heller, signed by him in ink, 17 October 1993.
All of this material, except two books, is housed in a custom blue linen box.
TWO SIGNED HARD COVER BOOKS;
• Good as Gold. London: Jonathan Cape, 1979. Blue cloth in dust jacket, first English ed. 447 pp. Signed by Heller on the title page. Also signed by Greg Gatenby, the Canadian author and founder of the International Festival of Authors in Toronto on the front free endpaper. Signed by another previous owner and with sticker residue on the front free endpaper. A very nice signed first edition.
• Closing Time. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1994. Glossy softcover, near fine. Advance reading copy. 464 pp. Signed by Heller on the title page. From the collection of Greg Gatenby, the Canadian author and founder of the International Festival of Authors and with his signature on the front free endpaper. The sequel to Catch-22. A near fine signed advance reading copy.
This collection is on consignment with LDRB.
Very Good. Item #7392