Farewell J.D.

J.D. Salinger, author of one of my favourite novels, has passed away a week ago at 91 years of age, at his home in New Hampshire. Jerome David withdrew from the literary world in 1965. Since then he has been writing but not publishing. There have been constant rumors that he has manuscripts of as many as fifteen novels locked up in his safe. People have kept pestering him with useless sequels to his novel, biographies containing letters of his to other authors and friends, mail that has mostly been hell.

J.D. Salinger

J.D. Salinger, photo: Paul Adao

This letter from July 1957 contains his response to a certain Mr. Herbert, movie producer. In the letter, Salinger politely refuses to sell the rights to his novel, Catcher in the Rye, citing several reasons.

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5 Responses to “Farewell J.D.”

  1. Mihai Says:

    ce iti placu la el? aia cu holden?

  2. ggl Says:

    Da, aia.

  3. amanda13 Says:

    Yeah, he was pretty old alright…

    But I remember that The Cather in the Rye was the only digestible English literature book of my high school (remember how boring that reading list was?). I still dread Alice in Wonderland, for instance, but when I think of Holden I always smile :)

  4. ggl Says:

    Yes I can remember the list – all those depressing classics like Dickens and Hardy. I can’t say they were really that boring but I’m not just into those typical victorian novels – except for Joseph Conrad which is rather different, modern in some ways? But Conrad wasn’t in the books. Those English literature books were all excerpts from victorian-era novels.

    Salinger is so different in subject, language and just about everything. If you read Joyce (especially Portrait) you can see some sort of transition from the victorian-era novels to works such as Catcher in the Rye. But the English literature books missed James Joyce and Virginia Woolf (which I’ve yet to read) as well.

    Not very smart.

  5. amanda13 Says:

    Woolf is amazing but take your time… it takes a lot of tea and solitude, I’m not sure I could read her again these days.
    As for the Victorian novels, you’re right… I remember them choosing excerpts from Bleak House (what were they thinking!? geez!) when they could have chosen something nicer even from Dickens.

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