Evelyn Waugh’s review of Catch-22

In 1961, soliciting a blurb for the coming release of Joseph Heller’s Catch-22, an employee of its publisher Simon & Schuster sent an advance copy to Evelyn Waugh. His reply to Miss Bourne begins:

Thank you for sending me Catch 22. I am sorry that the book fascinates you so much. It has many passages quite unsuitable to a lady’s reading.

See Letters of Note for the full text of Waugh’s reply.

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