J. D. SALINGER’S BOOKS GOING DIGITAL, UNPUBLISHED WORKS TO BE RELEASED

  
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J. D. SALINGER’S BOOKS GOING DIGITAL, UNPUBLISHED WORKS TO BE RELEASED
 

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J. D. SALINGER’S BOOKS GOING DIGITAL, UNPUBLISHED WORKS TO BE RELEASED


Son realized the time had come since young only read books on their devices


BY HANNAH BROWN, JERUSALEM POST, AUGUST 13, 2019


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First-edition cover of ''The Catcher in the Rye'' (1951) by the American author J. D. Salinger, Jacket design by Michael Mitchell. (photo credit: BRANDT LUKE ZORN/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS)


Fans of J. D. Salinger, the writer whose works include  The Catcher in the Rye , the classic novel which inspired a passionate following, have two reasons to rejoice this week: His son, Matthew Salinger, announced that his father’s books will be published digitally for the first time, and that his father’s unpublished works will also soon be published.


Salinger, whose father was Jewish and who had a Jewish upbringing, ceased publishing – but not writing – in 1965. He passed away at the age of 91 in 2010. His daughter Margaret and a former girlfriend, Joyce Maynard, both said that he wrote virtually every day at his New Hampshire home, but chose not to publish his work. Following his death, his admirers hoped that this unpublished writing would soon see the light of day. He also refused to allow many of his stories that were published in magazines during his lifetime to be collected in book form, suing to stop publication of one such collection. The only stories he permitted to be collected in book form were in  Nine Stories , published in 1953. 


All of Salinger's previously published books will now become available digitally from publisher Little, Brown :  The Catcher in the Rye, Nine Stories Franny and Zooey , and the single volume featuring two novellas:  Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters  and Seymour: An Introduction


In an interview at the  New York Public Library , which was reported in  The New York Times , Matthew Salinger said he realized that it was time to publish his father’s work digitally when he saw how many young people around the world only read books on their phones and devices. 


Preparing his father’s manuscripts for publication, many of which were handwritten, has been a huge task. “It’s kept him very much alive for me,” the younger Salinger said at the interview. “It’s been fascinating and joyful, and moving and sad.”


Salinger, a recluse who refused almost all interview requests, served in  combat in World War II  on D-Day, and in the Battle of the Bulge and the Battle of Hürtgen Forest. He was hospitalized for what was described as combat stress. Some have speculated that his traumatic war experiences may have contributed to his desire for solitude later in life. 


His son would not say how many unpublished books his father had written, but did confirm that some were about the Glass family, a fictional clan he wrote about in several stories and novellas.


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Buzz of the Orient
1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient    2 weeks ago

Is there actually anybody here who has NOT read Catcher in the Rye?  How about Franny and Zooey?

This is actually incredible news, taking into consideration the fact that Salinger was so secretive and reclusive.  There was a movie I watched, I think a couple of months ago, about a young couple who sought him out, and actually found him and met with him. It was a 2016 film called "Coming Through the Rye".

 
 
 
GaJenn78
2  GaJenn78    2 weeks ago

I never read "Franny and Zooey", I did read "Catcher in the Rye" in 6th grade, I believe. I really enjoyed that book and would like to read it again.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
3  seeder  Buzz of the Orient    2 weeks ago

Well, I guess I'm not surprised that so many NT members are literarily disadvantaged.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
3.1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @3    2 weeks ago

After all, why would anybody in their youth have remembered and loved that story when it had nothing whatsoever to do with Trump?

 
 
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