Dust Jacket, inside front flap:
"This is Joseph Heller’s first novel since Catch-22, which was published in 1961 and has become the most celebrated novel of its decade—speaking for and to an entire American Generation. Something Happened is different from Catch-22 both in substance and tone, but it is certain to have a comparable effect."
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"As it opens, “he gets the willies.” At the end, he has “taken command.”"
"What happens in Something Happened happens to Bob Slocum—in his forties, contending with his office (where just about everybody is scared of somebody), trying to come to grips with his wife (“You did it,” she says. “You made me this way….”), with his daughter (she’s “unhappy”), with his son (he’s “having difficulties”), and with his other son, and with his own past and his own present."
"Like his own children, like all children, Slocum once was new, valuable, eagerly waiting to grow into the good life sure to come. Now he is what he is, and his life is what it is."
"What happened? (What happens?)"
The top right of this flap notes that the original price was $10.00.
Dust Jacket, inside back flap: "Joseph Heller was born in 1923 in Brooklyn, New York. He is married and has two children, lives in Manhattan, and teaches at City College. He is the author of Catch-22 and the play We Bombed In New Haven."
"Jacket design by Paul Bacon"
"Alfred A. Knopf, Publisher, New York"
"PRINTED IN USA"
The inside of the cover of the edition from Special Collections is a part of UVa's Taylor Collection. So, it bears a few special markings. First, its inside cover contains a lithograph of Mr and Mrs Taylor sitting across from one another. The first leaf contains, in pencil, a mark in the top right corner that says “1st Edition” followed by what looks to the number 55. The inside of the back cover contains a sticker from the “University of Virginia Library Rare Book Room” and the call number Taylor 1974 .H45 565, and, above that, in pencil: “G-8” / “[illegible]35” / “10549"
The edition that is in normal circulation has been entirely rebound. The call number is PS3558 E476 S6 1974. It contains a “rebinding slip” immediately upon opening the work. As such it does not have a dust jacket or pretty pages. it instead bears a stock “Something Happened” / “Heller” on the binding follow by its UVa call number, and a sticker on the front with a bar code used by library personnel to check the book out. It contains a circulation sticker that shows it was checked out 8 times between 1985 and 1992. The copy is in fair condition, with numerous smudges and stains spotting the leaves.
Images were taken with an iPhone 8's rear camera. The UVa Special Collections library allows visitors to take photographs, however, the following message (printed onto a clear bookmark) typically affixes all photographs taken on site:
"The original in this digital image is housed in:"
"University of Virginia Library"
"Charlottesville Virginia, 22904-4110"
"No further copies can be made."