When J.D. Salinger died in 2010 at 91, the rumors started swirling. Giving a new definition to the word “recluse”, Salinger stayed out of the limelight for decades before his death. What did he spend the last years of his life doing? Was he really writing numerous stories upon stories? Books upon books? Did he leave a list of stories to publish without editing, stories to publish with editing, and stories to destroy upon his death? And if he had anything to publish would it be as good as Catcher in the Rye or Franny and Zooey? Or would the stories be ramblings of his eastern philosophies? A new biography says that there will most definitely be more writings by this author as soon as 2015. The biography was released to coincide with the movie, also titled, Salinger. The authors spent two years interviewing people who knew Salinger, and the book focuses on these interviews. David Sheilds and Shane Salerno, also, focuses on Salinger’s World War II experiences. But the authors answer the most important question: Will there be more books written by J.D. Salinger? The answer is yes, but the form that these books will take is still in question.
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References: “Salinger and the Mysterious Vault”, American Library Association, December 17, 2013.
http://www.americanlibrariesmagazine.org/article/salinger-and-mysterious-vault (Accessed December 20, 2013)
- Previously Unpublished J.D. Salinger Stories Leaked (huffingtonpost.com)
- JD Salinger: What can his unpublished stories tell us about him? (telegraph.co.uk)
- J.D. Salinger Experts Weigh In on Authenticity of Leaked Stories (thewrap.com)