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- Full Title: Catch-22
- When Written: 1953-1961
- Where Written: New York City
- When Published: 1961 (hardback); 1962 (paperback)
- Literary Period: postmodernism in American fiction
- Genre: postmodernism; World War II novel; tragicomic novel
- Setting: Pianosa, off the Italian coast, near the end of World War II
- Climax: Yossarian finally recalls, in full, the memory of Snowden’s death aboard his aircraft
- Antagonist: Colonel Cathcart; the military bureaucracy
- Point of View: third-person omniscient
Last-minute name-change. Catch-22 was originally entitled Catch-18, but the title was altered just before publication; another novel, Mila 18 by Leon Uris, had been recently released, and publisher feared readers would be confused.