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Now, more than Fifty years after Catch-22 exploded into the world's consciousness Heller has decided to show us his life. Here in his Coney Island childhood, down the block from what was the world's most famous amusement park. It was the height of the depression, it was a fatherless family, yet little Joey Heller had a terrific time on the boardwalk, in the ocean (dangerously out of his depth), playing follow-the-leader in and out of local bars and even in school. Then a series of jobs, the Air Force, college, and then the spectacular success of Catch-22 launching one of the great literary careers of the twentieth century. Now and Then will fascinate Heller's fans and give pleasure to everyone for whom Coney Island remains a glorious symbol of fun, fantasy, and a more innocent world. Fine Proof copy published before the First edition. Proofs are printed before the First edition in very limited quantities and are always more rare than the First edition. Tight and unread with a slight crease to the upper left corner of the back panel. It does not detract. A beautiful proof.