Joseph K. from "The Trial" Joseph K. is the central figure in Franz Kafka's unfinished masterpiece, “The Trial,” written around 1915 and posthumously published in 1925. As hero and protagonist of the novel, Joseph K. is the Chief Clerk of a bank. Ambitious and shrewd, he is on the fast track to success until he is arrested one morning at the age of 30. Neither reader nor K. is given a reason for the arrest which culminates into his execution one year later. In “The Trial” and through K., Kafka explores the dangers of an over-bureaucratized society that ignores the personal, emotional and subjective needs of individual human beings.
Hey Joe - A song by Jimi Hendrix
Joe Harper Saturday Morning - A song by Van Morrison
Joseph & Joe - A song by John Denver
Joseph's Lullaby - A song by MercyMe
Run Joey Run - A song by David Geddes
"Owen Foote" series (Stephanie Greene) - This is a series of children’s books about Owen Foote and his best friend Joseph and their many experiences. Recommended for ages 7-11.
Joseph had a Little Overcoat (Simms Taback) - When Joseph's overcoat becomes too worn and old to keep he recycles it into a jacket, and the process continues until he makes something out of nothing at the end. A fun read-a-loud that will keep you guessing as to what he will make next. Based on an old Yiddish folk song. Winner of the 2000 Caldecott Medal. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Something from Nothing (Phoebe Gilman) - Joseph loved the blanket his grandfather gave him when he was a baby so much that he didn't want to part with it. His grandfather, a tailor, transforms the blanket into many different things- a vest, a tie, a coat, a handkerchief- as it keeps getting older and more worn till eventually nothing is left but the story of it. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Famous People Named Joseph - Joseph Stalin (Russian); Joseph McCarthy (politician); Joseph Heller (author); Joseph Brodsky (Nobel Prize winner/ Literature); Joe Biden (politician); Joseph Harry Fowler Connick, Jr. (musician); Joseph Conrad (author); Joe DiMaggio (baseball hall of famer); Joe Jonas (musician); Joseph Haydn (composer); Joseph Heller (author); Joe Lieberman (politician); Joseph Carey Merrick (the "Elephant Man"); Joseph Ratzinger (given name of Pope Benedict XVI); Joe Satriani (musician); Joseph Simmons (rapper); Joseph Smith, Jr. (founder of the Latter Day Saints); Joseph Stalin (Russian communist party leader)
Famous People who Named their Son Joseph - Sting (musician); Cathy Moriarty (actress); Jack Johnson (musician); Jerry Lewis (entertainer); Joe Piscapo (comic); Joseph Biden (politician); Joseph Kennedy (businessman); Judy Garland (entertainer); Kevin Costner (actor); Kristin Scott Thomas (actress); Marilu Henner (actress); Natalie Morales (newscaster); Pete Townshend (musician); Ray Romano (comic/actor); Robert Kennedy (politician); Rutherford B. Hayes (U.S. President); Stephen King (author); Billie Joe Armstrong (musician); Mario Puzo (author); John Madden (football coach)