Twain, Cummings, and Heller : three satirists' visions / by Mary Louise Clark. 1979.
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Author Joseph Heller was born and raised in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn, N.Y. He served in the Air Force in World War II, and was educated at NYU, Columbia, and as a Fullbright Scholar at Oxford. He worked as an English instructor at Penn State University and became a copy writer for several New York ad agencies. His first novel, the highly-regarded World War II black comedy Catch-22, became a phenomenon by anticipating key themes in the social unrest that characterized the 1960s; the s...
E. E. (Edward Estlin) Cummings was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1894. While at Harvard, he delivered a daring commencement address on modernist artistic innovations, thus announcing the direction his own work would take. In 1917, after working briefly for a mail-order publishing company, the only regular employment in his career, Cummings volunteered to serve in the Norton-Harjes Ambulance group in France. Here he and a friend were imprisoned (on false grounds) for three months in a Frenc...
Mark Twain (b. Samuel Langhorne Clemens, November 30, 1835, Florida, MO – d. April 21, 1910, Redding, CT) was an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer. Among his novels are The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and its sequel, the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885). Twain served an apprenticeship with a printer and then worked as a typesetter, contributing articles to the newspaper of his older brother Orion Clemens. He later became a riverboat pilot on the Mississipp...