Tag Archives: Catch-22

4th of July Weekend Roundup

–America: The Jesuit Review has reposted on its website a 2013 essay about Waugh written by Jon M Sweeney. The essay was a response to the re-issuance of all of his fiction in the USA by Little, Brown and all … Continue reading

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The Art (and Power) of the Book Blurb

In the current issue of the TLS, DJ Taylor addresses in the “Freelance” column “blurb-writing” for book covers and promotional materials. He begins with a discussion of the various considerations brought to bear in composing a successful blurb. These are … Continue reading

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Early Summer Roundup: Promotions and Lists

Hertford College, Oxford, has prepared a gallery of its illustrious alumni for use on its promotional website. Waugh is the youngest of the 12 Old Hertfordians included. The unattributed entry is a well-presented summary of his writing career. It begins … Continue reading

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Waugh, Catch-22 and the Demented Governess

Many of us will have read Waugh’s 1961 letter to Nina Bourne, who worked for US publisher Simon & Schuster. In the letter, Waugh politely and very humorously declines to give them a blurb promoting their new book Catch-22, the first novel … Continue reading

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Evelyn Waugh and Catch-22

Today’s Guardian adds Joseph Heller’s 1961 novel Catch-22 to its list of the 100 Best Novels, joining Scoop which was named in an earlier article. The article explains that Robert Gottlieb, the book’s editor at Simon & Schuster, tried to obtain … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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