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By David Shields, Shane Salerno


THE BOY WHO grew to become A insurgent. THE insurgent WHO turned A SOLDIER. THE SOLDIER WHO turned AN ICON. THE ICON WHO DISAPPEARED.

Raised in Park road privilege, J. D. Salinger sought out wrestle, surviving 5 bloody battles of global conflict II, and out of that crucible he created a singular, The Catcher within the Rye, which journeyed deep into his personal depression and redefined postwar America.

For greater than fifty years, Salinger has been some of the most elusive figures in American background. the entire makes an attempt to discover the reality approximately why he disappeared were undermined via an absence of entry and the recycling of misguided details. during a nine-year research, and particularly within the 3 years considering the fact that Salinger’s loss of life, David Shields and Shane Salerno have interviewed greater than 2 hundred humans on 5 continents (many of whom had formerly refused to move at the list) to unravel the secret of what occurred to Salinger.

Constructed like a mystery, this oral biography takes you into Salinger’s inner most international for the 1st time, during the voices of these closest to him: his international battle II brothers-in-arms, his relations, his pals, his fanatics, his classmates, his editors, his New Yorker colleagues, his religious advisors, and other people with whom he had relationships that have been mystery even to his circle of relatives. Their intimate memories are supported by way of greater than a hundred seventy five photographs (many by no means noticeable before), diaries, felony documents, and personal records which are woven all through; moreover, showing the following for the 1st time, are Salinger’s “lost letters”—ranging from the Nineteen Forties to 2008, revealing his intimate perspectives on love, literature, reputation, faith, conflict, and loss of life, and supplying a uncooked and revelatory self-portrait.

Salinger released his final tale in 1965 yet saved writing always until eventually his loss of life, locked for years within a bunker within the woods, compiling manuscripts and submitting them in a mystery vault. was once he a genius who left the cloth global to target developing immaculate paintings or a haunted recluse, misplaced in his deepest obsessions? Why did this author, celebrated by means of the realm, cease publishing? Shields and Salerno’s research into Salinger’s epic existence transports you from the bloody seashores of Normandy, the place Salinger landed lower than fireplace, sporting the 1st six chapters of The Catcher within the Rye . . . to the most popular nightclub on this planet, the Stork membership, the place he romanced the gorgeous sixteen-year-old Oona O’Neill till she met Charlie Chaplin . . . from his top-secret counterintelligence tasks, which took him to a subcamp of Dachau . . . to a love affair with a probable Gestapo agent whom he married and taken domestic to his Jewish mom and dad’ Park street condominium and images of whom seem right here for the 1st time . . . from the pages of the New Yorker, the place he chanced on his voice by means of remodeling the injuries of conflict into the bow of artwork . . . to the woods of latest Hampshire, the place the Vedanta faith took over his existence and compelled his flesh-and-blood family members to compete together with his imaginary Glass family.

Deepening our figuring out of a tremendous literary and cultural determine, and choked with many desirable revelations— together with the start disorder that used to be the true cause Salinger was once in the beginning grew to become down for army provider; the formerly unknown romantic curiosity who was once fourteen whilst Salinger met her and, he stated, encouraged the name personality of “For Esmé—with Love and Squalor”; the 1st photos ever visible of Salinger at warfare and the final identified images of him alive; never-before-published love letters that Salinger, at fifty-three, wrote to an eighteen-year-old Joyce Maynard; and, ultimately, what hundreds of thousands were ready many years for: the contents of his mythical vault—Salinger is a huge ebook in regards to the expense of conflict and the price of artwork.

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Here’s one other quantity, for you to inform you that Holden’s not likely wherever: sixty five million. The Catcher within the Rye has offered greater than sixty five million copies all over the world. And if sixty five million humans have received the publication, that implies that countless numbers of thousands are inclined to have learn it. It’s tricky to get a difficult expect this type of factor, yet it’s anything just like the 11th bestselling single-volume publication of all time. a contemporary Harris ballot has The Catcher within the Rye, sixty-two years after its book, because the tenth-favorite booklet of all time between American readers. After the e-book of Catcher within the fall of 1951, Salinger used to be an in a single day luck. He was once wealthy, well-known, and wanted: the yank dream. And he walked clear of it. humans constantly clap for the inaccurate issues. whilst he stayed away, humans acknowledged he used to be loopy and phony. He persisted to stick away. I don’t care if it’s a tragic good-by or a nasty good-by, but if I go away a spot i admire to understand I’m leaving it. Did Salinger see a loopy, phony model of himself—propelled through repute and success—running headlong via a box of rye towards a cliff, with in basic terms his actual self to avoid wasting him? He got here to profoundly remorse writing and publishing the publication, end result of the method during which popularity framed and warped the final sixty years of his life—the approach it enslaved him, “froze him in time,” as Phoebe Hoban says, within the public’s mind's eye. but when Catcher grew to become Salinger’s burden, it additionally used to be a present. “The compensations are few, but if they arrive, they’re very appealing. ” He needed to comprehend the satisfaction of writing not just a very good novel yet person who spoke on the so much profound point to millions of readers. So, too, with no it, he might by no means have had the global platform to exploit his subsequent 3 books to “circulate” (his be aware) the tips of the Vedanta faith. yet in his lifetime, he by no means released one other novel or one other be aware approximately Holden. Following the big public outpouring of adulation for Catcher, he pivoted into an more and more inner most and vague realm, either in his paintings and in his existence. He did every thing attainable to not repeat the good fortune of Catcher. “I suspect,” the writer Lawrence Grobel says, “Holden Caulfield went as much as New Hampshire, discovered himself a spot to dwell, stored his looking cap on, came upon a spouse, had childrens, and that’s it. We by no means listen from him back. That’s what i believe occurred to Holden Caulfield simply because that’s what occurred to J. D. Salinger. ” Sleep tight, ya morons! He went to Cornish. eleven we will nonetheless RUN AWAY long island urban; CORNISH, NEW HAMPSHIRE, 1952–1953 Salinger’s ny existence mimics Holden’s psychic problems and behaviors: flirtation, delinquent overreaction, and, eventually, disappearance to a ninety-acre wooded area in Cornish, New Hampshire—the embodiment of Holden’s seclusion. Catcher takes carry not just as a ebook yet as a cult. A cult wishes a leader—a function Salinger can’t and won’t fill. PAMELA HUNT STEINLE: First released in mid-July 1951 via Little, Brown and corporate, Catcher within the Rye was once at the same time released as a Book-of-the-Month membership choice.

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