Eight years, two titles and one well-timed war: how Catch-22 became a cult classic
Publishers feared the book was irrelevant and missed its time, but Joseph Heller proved everyone wrong. George Clooney’s TV adaptation hits screens in 2019, but for Joseph Heller, it was a rocky road to success. Heller was confronted by publishers who feared that a story set in the early 40s risked missing its time, seeming irrelevant in prosperous American peacetime".
From The Guardian