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    Author Joseph Heller Autograph Letter Signed "Joe Heller." Two pages, 5.75" x 7.75", on his personal letterhead, East Hampton [New York], January 16, 1984. Addressed to "James Nagle (likely Dr. James E. Nagel)," of Northeastern University's English Department, the author of Catch -22 informs him that there is "no chance at all of our getting together this month. I've got a lot of catching up to do - occupational, therapeutic, financial." Heller had been suffering from Guillain-Barre syndrome, which causes near immediate weakness of the limbs, since 1981 and recovery was slow. "Physically, I'm improving steadily," he writes, "and am able to take care of myself, but I've a long way to go yet to attain normal muscular strength."

    He goes on to address his most popular work, Catch-22, "About Catch-22, I doubt very much that I can give you anything new anymore in the way of knowledge. You undoubtedly know more about the book and the events surrounding it than I do. For me, it's going back thirty years to its beginning, and I would not trust my memory. . . . I'll help if I can. Beyond that, your guess will be as good as mine . . . better in fact." With the original transmittal envelope addressed in his hand. One fold; the lower edge is uncut.

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