Joseph Heller (May 1, 1923 – December 12, 1999) was a US satirical novelist, short story writer, and playwright. His best known work is Catch-22, a novel about US servicemen during World War II.
The title of this work entered the English lexicon to refer to absurd, no-win choices, particularly in situations in which the desired outcome of the choice is an impossibility, and regardless of choice, the same negative outcome is a certainty. Heller is widely regarded as one of the best post–World War II satirists. Although he is remembered primarily for Catch-22, his other works center on the lives of various members of the middle class and remain exemplars of modern satire.