Welcome to Dead Caulfields, a site dedicated to the life and works of J.D. Salinger
including The Catcher in the Rye, Nine Stories, Franny and Zooey, and
Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour-An Introduction .
Jerome David Salinger
January 1, 1919 - January 27, 2010
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The Four Faces of J.D. Salinger
To the world, J.D. Salinger had two faces. There was J.D. Salinger the Writer, the complicated, continually evolving author of The Catcher in the Rye, who went on to deliver the famous short story collection Nine Stories and who introduced the world to the quirky, overly-pensive Glass family through his books Franny and Zooey and Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour an Introduction .
Then there was J.D. Salinger the Legend, the myth, the reclusive, apparently stingy Salinger who, after his final publication in The New Yorker in 1965, shut himself away from public view – along with his manuscripts – and threatened lawsuits on anyone who dared challenge his copyright or pry into his personal life.
I knew of both these J.D. Salingers when I began to write Salinger: A Life : the writer and the legend. So, I went chasing after the writer in the hopes it would reveal the truth behind the legend, the man behind the myth. I was searching for some event in Salinger's life, some reaction or reflex that would shed light on why he ceased publication, withdrew from public life, and fell silent.
For me, that search became a journey. What I encountered along that journey were an additional two faces of J.D. Salinger whose investigation was clearly vital to telling his story in full: Salinger the Soldier and Salinger the Seeker. Together, the four faces of J.D. Salinger revealed a life story far more compelling than I ever imagined – and far more touching than I ever anticipated.
I found little hint of Salinger the Legend in his early years. But I did find a richer writer than I had supposed. Born and raised in Manhattan, young Salinger was the cocky, sarcastic son of wealthy and over-indulgent parents. And he reminded me very much of Holden Caulfield. Like Holden, Salinger was perceptive, quick-witted and intelligent. But also like Holden, he refused to apply himself at school. After being thrown out of a private high school for his poor grades, Salinger's father sent him to military academy in Pennsylvania to learn a little discipline. Salinger began to write instead, and began to dream of the day he would become a famous author. After graduating, Salinger attended three separate colleges – and never made it past the first year. This time, his father sent him off to Europe to slaughter pigs in Poland, hoping his son would become practical in the process. But Salinger never budged from his ambition. With nothing but failure under his belt, he still had the confidence to brag to friends that he would one day write The Great American Novel. Young Salinger was – above all else – ambitious.
And Salinger did write and he did publish. And he did pay his dues. For every story that Salinger successfully published, he received a good half dozen rejection slips in exchange. But Salinger the Writer was tenacious. His first story appeared in Story magazine in 1940, when he was only 21 – the same year that he began to write The Catcher in the Rye . And I was delighted to learn that between 1940 and 1948, Salinger had published 21 short stories in various magazines that have so far never been collected together in a book. Of course, young Salinger the Writer would have been thrilled to see such a volume. But Salinger the Legend had refused. When an attempt was made in 1974 to bind his uncollected stories together, the author threatened to sue – preferring to let his old stories (as he put it) “die a natural death” instead.
I'd like to set a scene for you:
The year is 1944 and the world is at war. It is winter – one of the bitterest winters in living memory. Deep within the Hürtgen Forest, inside Nazi Germany itself, a battle is raging: a month-long slug-fest for a worthless piece of ground that will prove to be one of the bloodiest engagements of the European war. Fighting this battle on the Allied side is the American 4th Infantry Division, made up of three regiments: the 8th, the 12th, and the 22nd. Serving as a war correspondent and imbedded into the 22nd Regiment is none other than Ernest Hemingway.
It is night and there is a lull in the fighting. Hemingway is bivouacked in a small cabin deep in the woods. A portable generator provides the cabin with heat and light. And Hemingway has visitors: two non-commissioned officers from the neighboring 12th Regiment who have walked a mile through the dark forest to see him. One is an interpreter for the 12th Regiment. The other is a counter-intelligence agent: 25-year old Staff Sergeant Jerome David Salinger, who met and befriended Hemingway the previous summer during the liberation of Paris. Hemingway pops a bottle of champagne in celebration (this is, after all, Ernest Hemingway, who was never without a small stash of booze) and the three men drink from canteen cups as Hemingway and Salinger talk of literature.
Think about that for a moment. Think about what a remarkable slice of history that night really was. As battle raged around them, two of the most influential authors of the 20th century found a few hours to set the war aside and talk about literature. They talked about Hemingway's writings. They talked about F. Scott Fitzgerald (Salinger's idol and Hemingway's former friend). And we know that they talked about Holden Caulfield. Seven years before the rest of the world would know Holden Caulfield through The Catcher in the Rye , Ernest Hemingway did. For me, something about that small fact is breathtaking. It's more than a moment in time. It's part of our collective literary heritage as Americans.
Salinger was drafted into the Army in April, 1942 and spent a year and a half in various boot camps across the United States . He was a good soldier and enormously eager to gain military promotion. When repeated attempts to become a commissioned officer failed, Salinger's love for the Army began to sour and he returned to writing in his spare time. By the time he was sent overseas to train in England in January, 1944, he was working on at least three stories simultaneously.
It took me more than a year to research and write my chapter on Salinger's time in combat. In part, because I needed to track down and consult literally hundreds of sources. But also because I felt as if I was living the war along with my subject – and there was heaviness to the topic I never anticipated taking on.
Staff Sergeant Salinger landed on Utah Beach with the second wave on D-Day. From there, he fought through the Normandy Campaign, the Battle of the Hedgerows, Saint Lo, Mortain, Bloody Hürtgen, and the Battle of the Bulge. For 11 continuous months Salinger was either in the thick of battle or at arms-length from the front. He helped to liberate Paris from the Nazis, nearly froze to death in the forest, and during the Battle of the Bulge, his family became convinced that he had actually lost his life. He saw some of the fiercest fighting of World War II – and some of the most inconceivable of atrocities. Salinger's unit is credited with the liberation of - not one concentration camp, but of a half dozen. “You could live a lifetime,” Salinger mourned, “and never really get the smell of burning flesh out of your nose, no matter how hard you try”.
Throughout it all – from D-Day to V-E Day, Salinger carried on his person six chapters of The Catcher in the Rye .
Again, I'm going to ask you to contemplate that for a moment. In a very real sense, The Catcher in the Rye actually went to war. Through all of the horrors that Salinger witnessed, he wore the pages of his book like a talisman – as a reminder that there was once sensitivity in the world. “I need them“, Salinger declared. And they just may have helped him to survive.
But the war took its toll. Within weeks of the German surrender, Salinger emotionally collapsed and was consigned to a hospital in Nuremburg for battle fatigue, what we now refer to as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
It took Salinger ten years to complete The Catcher in the Rye . And when the book was finally published in July 1951, its contents had changed as much as the author himself had been changed. It took on a mystical quality that it had not contained before. Just as the author was beginning to consider the questions that his war experiences had exposed: questions of good and evil, questions about God, and what we are to each other as human beings, his writings began to soar.
When the novel that Salinger had worked on for so long became an instant bestseller, rising to the #4 spot on the New York Times Best Sellers List - a younger Salinger would have been thrilled. But the Salinger who emerged from the war found himself uncomfortable with fame. He asked that there be no publicity, refused interviews, and demanded that his photo be removed from the book's dust jacket.
Salinger instead began to meditate. He took up Yoga and began to read a variety of sacred texts, mostly Eastern. He studied Zen Buddhism and embraced Vedantic Hinduism. In 1953 he removed from New York to the tiny hamlet of Cornish, in rural New Hampshire , where he would marry and have two children – but where he would increasingly turn away from the outside world.
His personal life, too, began to suffer. When his isolated home in the woods proved not distant enough from others, Salinger built a small, bunker-like studio apart from his house and away from his family in which to work. 12-hour work days were usual. 16 hour days were not uncommon. Some nights, Salinger would not come home at all. Friends and family felt estranged. And his wife felt abandoned. Claire Salinger would divorce her famous husband in 1967.
Salinger the Writer was quickly becoming Salinger the Legend.
And I needed to understand why.
After the publication of The Catcher in the Rye , J.D. Salinger devoted himself to the crafting of fiction that centered on religion and that exposed the spiritual emptiness inherent in American society. Salinger would use this message to challenge readers for the duration of his career. At first, the author struggled to find the right characters to convey his inspiration. After two attempts at religious fiction that he considered unsuccessful, the 1952 story “De Daumier-Smith's Blue Period,” and the 1953 story “Teddy,” Salinger finally found the perfect vehicle for his message. Within his working bunker, Salinger collected characters from past stories and bound them together into a single family: the Glass family. Developing characters that he described as “settlers in twentieth-century New York ,” Salinger employed the seven children of Bessie and Les Glass to portray the agonies of searching for nobility and eternal truths while attempting to survive in modern society.
Salinger released his fourth and final book in 1963; Raise High the Roof Beam and Seymour -An Introduction , the marriage of two stories previously published in The New Yorker, the magazine where Salinger had come to publish all of his stories after 1952. The book's second contribution, “Seymour-An Introduction,” is a collection of memories written by Salinger's admitted alter-ego, Buddy Glass, of his late brother, Seymour, the spiritual mentor of the Glass family even in death. Buddy closes the book with a poignant and remarkable line – and one that I found enormously enticing in my journey through the life of J.D. Salinger:
“ Seymour once said that all we do our whole lives is go from one piece of Holy Ground to the next. Is he never wrong?”
"Holy Ground." My God. How could anyone who had witnessed the horrors, carnage and atrocities that Salinger witnessed, who had walked through Hell itself, ever arrive at the conclusion that every place on earth is Holy Ground? Was Normandy Holy Ground? Was the Hürtgen Forest Holy Ground? Were the concentration camps Holy Ground?
This is the story I needed to tell: the spiritual journey of J.D. Salinger that took him from the depths of Hell and delivered him to Holy Ground. And that's where Salinger's true story lies. To examine the life of J.D. Salinger is to embark on a spiritual journey. And by lining up the facts of Salinger's life with the stories he was writing at the time, his works become steps along the path of that journey. And we begin to see the man.
Recognizing the Seeker dispels the myth. Salinger never disappeared or jealously concealed. He just turned away. And he did it not as a Writer or a Legend, but as a Soldier and a Seeker. While searching through Salinger's letters, I came across a statement written by the author himself that seemed to explain the reasons behind his withdrawal and that offered his point of view with precision:
“Remain in peace in the unity of God” He urged. “And walk blindly in the clear straight path of your obligations. If God wishes more from you his inspiration will make you know it.”
Salinger's withdrawal was not a reaction or a conscious decision. It was a progression. It was the logical conclusion of his spiritual search as he determined to serve God while attempting to live a life void of ego – and in doing so, attain his own personal Holy Ground.
In the final analysis, Salinger owed us nothing - especially after having delivered The Catcher in the Rye . So, obsession with the years of his relative silence – with Salinger the Legend rather than Salinger the Writer – serves only to obscure the gift that he gave us while he was still fully engaged.
J.D. Salinger died the evening of January 27, 2010. He was 91. For 45 years he had been a Legend, a near-ghost among us who had turned his back on fame. But for a short time, at least, the world forgot the myth and made room to honor the man. In doing so, they recalled the author, the Writer who had touched their lives with his work.
If we choose to examine—indeed to judge—the life of J. D. Salinger, we must first accept the obligation to view his life in all its complexities: to recognize the valiant soldier within him as well as the failed husband, the creative soul that gave way to the self-protective recluse.
There is something within the human character that compels us to cast down the idols we ourselves have elevated. We insist upon exalting those we admire beyond the reality of their virtues and then, as if resentful of the heights we have forced upon them, feel it necessary to cut them down. It may be within our character to smash our own idols, but that same character is in constant longing for something to look up to.
For a time at least, Salinger may have considered himself an American prophet, a voice crying in the urban wilderness. Today he is remembered for the briefness of his witness, still reprimanded for his refusal to continue on, as if he owed more to the world than he had already given. Yet somehow, in a way nearly as mystical as his stories' gentle epiphanies, the passage of time may reveal that J. D. Salinger fulfilled his duty long ago. The remaining obligation lies with us. In this way, Salinger's story continues on, passed from author to reader for completion. By examining the life of J. D. Salinger, with all its sadness and imperfections, together with the messages delivered through his writings, we are charged with the reevaluation of our own lives, an assessment of our own connections, and the weighing of our own integrity
J.D. Salinger and Vedanta
Sixty years ago this month, J.D. Salinger attended a spiritual retreat at Thousand Island Park, conducted by the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center of New York and led by his friend and spiritual teacher, Swami Nikhilananda. The lessons of Vedanta that Salinger learned from Nikhilananda over the years had a profound effect upon the author and molded every story he wrote after, and perhaps including, The Catcher in the Rye.
Read more :July 24, 2013
Brandon De La Cruz's tribute to The Catcher in the Rye
"Allie Please" Brandon Thomas De La Cruz
January 27, 2013: a three year addendum
While my new work demands that I step away from (what had become) my comfort zone, a portion of my interests will always be invested in the life and work of J.D. Salinger and I will continue to update this site whenever events warrant. Three years after Salinger's death and there is still no word on his unpublished manuscripts. (My bounce-rate just leapt exponentially.) However, a few intriguing articles of information have come to light in recent months that are worth sharing, especially as we mark the third anniversary of Salinger's passing.
Read more :January 27, 2013
J.D. Salinger's Favorite Book
Given the opportunity to ask J.D. Salinger one question in his later years most would have made a similar inquiry: “What have you been writing?” Few of us would have had the insight to ask a very different but equally telling question: “What have you been reading?”
January 27, 2012: Two Years On
January 27 marks two years since the death of J.D. Salinger. To observe the date, I've written a light-hearted short essay reflecting on what we've learned since – as well as what remains coyly veiled. The article is featured in The Huffington Post, on Salon.com among other sites and is offered here under its intended title, " Hidden Treasures: The Evasive Legacy of J.D. Salinger".
Also on the news docket, the New Hampshire Legislature has passed into law SB 175, which was proposed on behalf of the Salinger family and grants them control over the commercial use of Salinger's “identity” (e.g. name, image, voice, etc.) for 70 years after his death.The law includes all citizens of the state and resembles similar statutes adopted nationwide. The New Hampshire law is especially noteworthy, however, as it was designed to protect the percieved rights of a specific individual: namely, the late author of The Catcher in the Rye.
J.D. Salinger: A Life
Teaching Salinger's NINE STORIES
Just in time for the holidays, New Street Communications has published a fresh and authoritative exploration of Salinger's second book, the classic Nine Stories collection. Authored by Brad McDuffie and containing compelling analysis from nine outstanding contributors, Teaching Salinger's NINE STORIES is a must-read for academics and Salinger fans alike.
In Teaching Salinger's NINE STORIES, Brad McDuffie has compiled far more than a teaching aide. He provides an examination of Salinger's Nine Stories that is forensically detailed and thought provoking. Presented in two parts, the first section provides compelling overviews of each story, while the second offers a series of impressive essays contributed by eminent academics. Still, the book's greatest value may be in its ability to display the interaction between each separate story, revealing Salinger's Nine Stories to be a unified work of art. This achievement is long overdue and is an innovative and invaluable resource.
Read more :November 27, 2011
September 14, 2011: Franny and Zooey at 50
September 14 marks the fifty year anniversary of the publication of Franny and Zooey, Salinger's incisive examination of the search for spirituality in modern-day America. The book was an immediate success and is widely regarded to rest among the most important works of American literature. As it has for many, the book has meant a great deal to me over the years, managing, like The Catcher in the Rye, to shift and remold just as I have grown and repositioned. So, in honor of the book's influence on American literature as well as to me personally, I would like to offer a pair of trributes in observance of its anniversary.
The first is a guest blog written for the Library of America that appears on the lliterary site, Reader's Almanac. I'd like to thank the LoA for their kind invitation and their clear enthusiasm for Salinger's works.
The second is a more intimate essay, an admittedly whimsical musing over a recent reread of Franny and Zooey in preperation for the anniversary. The post is titled "Applauding Franny and Zooey" and is contained on this site. I hope readers find both efforts informative and enjoyable.
So, Happy Birthday, Franny and Zooey. Happy Birthday, old buddies...
September 14, 2011
July 16, 2011: Happy 60th Birthday to The Catcher in the Rye
J. D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye turns sixty today. The novel was immediately popular, and not just with bestseller buyers and book-of-the-month subscribers. William Faulkner ranked Catcher in the Rye as the best novel by the new generation of writers, and described Holden as a modern Huck Finn, the difference being that Huck, after withdrawing from humanity, returned to it:
Read More from the Barnes & Noble Daybook
July 16, 2011
The Morgan to Display New Addition to its J.D. Salinger Collection
This summer, The Morgan Library and Museum will exhibit a new acquisition to its J.D. Salinger collection: a recently discovered letter written by the author to his friend, Michael Mitchell, who designed the dust jacket for the original edition of The Catcher in the Rye . The letter is dated July 7, 1994 and contains Salinger's description of a three-week vacation in Europe.* The contents are especially intriguing and often humorous. Salinger complains about his deteriorating hearing, reports on the impossibility of finding “a decent, huge green salad” in any European city (a subtle metaphor), and concludes by telling Mitchell that he maintains his customary writing routine.
*(During Salinger's 1994 European trip, he visited with noted Christian Scientist author John Hargreaves in London, traveled to Kafka's home in Prague and took in Vienna, his first return to the Austrian capital since 1978, when he toured the city with his son, Matthew.)
Faith Middleton Show: J.D. Salinger
Will Hochman has been called a “walking encyclopedia of all things J.D. Salinger”. Professor of English at Southern Connecticut State University, he is also the author of several books, Critical Companion to J. D. Salinger among them. Recently, Dr. Hochman gave an interview to WNPR's Faith Middleton Show that displayed both his insight and generosity. I thought his points of view were spot-on and would like to share them with interested viewers.
February 20, 2011
J.D. Salinger: A Life
Once-Explosive Salinger Case Ends with a Whimper
The case of Salinger v. Colting, initiated on June 1, 2009 when J.D. Salinger filed a formal legal complaint against a Swedish/British publication claiming to be an unauthorized sequel to The Catcher in the Rye, has finally come to a quiet, if somewhat shadowed conclusion. The case, once shrilly covered by the media and seemingly destined for the Supreme Court, ended on December 14, 2010 when Fredrik Colting, author of the intended sequel, 60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye, and the Salinger estate arrived at what has been legally termed a "confidential settlement agrreement". As a result, Colting and the backers of 60 Years Later have agreed to a permanent injunction of their book in the United States, and have relinquished any recourse to appeal. A copy of the final settlement is provided here. It contains no disclosure of the quid pro quo involved. Background documents and other information can be accessed after the jump.
Read more : December 14, 2010
Joyce Maynard on J.D. Salinger's death
Joyce Maynard was stepping off the plane in San Francisco from Ethiopia, where she had adopted two young girls, when she heard the news: Her onetime love, the reclusive writer J.D. Salinger, had just died.
"How did I feel?" Maynard asked of that day in late January. "Ohhh, I felt sadness, but also relief. Relief that I was no longer defined by the past, that I was no longer concerned with the rearview mirror, but was, instead, looking at the road ahead."
Read more: September 15, 2010
The Unlikely Connection between J.D. Salinger, Keith Olbermann, "Red" Reeder & Carlton Fisk
It comes to us via Keith Olbermann that the foundation of Salinger's house was poured in 1966 by a young Carlton Fisk, who would achieve his own immortality as the legendary catcher for the Boston Rex Sox. An avid member of The Nation, Salinger was naturally proud of the connection and, ignoring The Catcher in the Rye , weighed it as his greatest claim to fame.
“I do most solemnly agree with you that those old years touched our lives deeply. The 12th Infantry, the Fourth Division itself ...”
Anyone who has read and values “For Esmé – with Love and Squalor” will recognize the significance of Salinger's ellipsis. As in “For Esmé”, the fire is contained between the words – embedded in what is not being written – rather than spooned out by the author, and to great effect.
The Boston Red Sox connection is interesting but perhaps more significant, Salinger's letter to Colonel Reeder retrieves the soldier who remained within the author forty-three years after the war. The message is affectingly deferential to a former commander and ends not with a civilian expression, but with a military salute.
August 13, 2010
A Midsummer Update
It's been more than six months since Salinger's death and public interest has predictably drifted back to more immediate issues, to skirmishes in the culture wars and sagas of celebrities' lives. Still, a number of Salinger-related events have occurred in the past few months that, while perhaps not as compelling as the tribulations of Snookie or Lindsay Lohan, may be of interest to admirers of the late author's works.
Between March 16 and May 8, Manhattan 's Morgan Library & Museum displayed eleven letters sent by J.D. Salinger to his friend Michael Mitchell, illustrator of the original cover image of The Catcher in the Rye. Dating from 1951 to 1993, the letters were respectfully displayed in two installments and elicited considerable attention by the press and public alike.
Another letter, one sent by Salinger to Ernest Hemingway in 1945, was exhibited at Boston 's JFK Presidential Library during the last weekend of March. This letter's display also ignited substantial interest in the media as exemplified by an excellent article by Brad McDuffie that originally appeared in the Kansas City Star. While the Hemingway letter had long been available to researchers, the very existence of Mitchell letters had been held secret by the Morgan until after Salinger's passing. In fact, it is unlikely that any of these displays would have been possible during Salinger's lifetime.
Improbable – if not impossible – too was the July re-release of Salinger's 1944 story “A Boy in France” by The Saturday Evening Post . Offered as a tribute to the late author, the story's consoling coupling of poetry and prose speaks as eloquently to a nation at war now as it did when first published in 1945.
The Supreme Court's newest justice also has a Salinger connection. In 1987, now-Justice Kagan submitted an amicus brief to the high court requesting it hear Salinger's case against author Ian Hamilton, whose Salinger biography was being challenged in the courts. For those interested, the brief can be read here.
August 8, 2010
Appellate Court Returns Salinger Case for Reconsideration
In a decision returned on Friday, April 30, 2010, the Federal Court of Appeals for the Southern Circuit has ordered that the Salinger v Colting case will return to District Court and requested that District Court Judge Deborah Batts amend her original verdict. On July 1, 2009, Judge Batts ruled in favor of J.D. Salinger and placed a preliminary injunction on what she determined to be an unlawful sequel to The Catcher in the Rye. In returning the case to District Court for reconsideration, the Appeals Court did not dispute the merits of the lower court decision, determining the defense's claim that the sequel is unique enough to avoid Salinger's copyright to be "manifestly meritless". However, the Appellate Court also concluded that Judge Batts had used an insufficient standard when imposing the injunction by assuming the extent of irreparable harm to Salinger's estate. Returning the case to District Court, the appellate judges requested that Batts apply a stricter standard (more sympathetic to Colting's position) when reviewing her decision:
Because the District Court considered only the first of the four factors that, under eBay and our holding today, must be considered before issuing a preliminary injunction, we vacate and remand the case. But in the interest of judicial economy, we note that there is no reason to disturb the District Court’s conclusion as to the factor it did consider—namely, that Salinger is likely to succeed on the merits of his copyright infringement claim (22).
So the sequel case has itself become a sequel, a situation no less fantastical than the concept of "judicial economy". As a result, the preliminary injunction against Colting's book now expires in 10 days. In the meantime, Salinger's estate must re-petition the District Court for a new injunction in order to prevent the sequel's publication in the United States.
Read more : April 30, 2010
J.D. Salinger Poem
Salinger loved poetry. Many of his stories are rooted in verse and numerous of his characters were designed as poets.” A Boy in France ” recalls the verse of Dickinson and of Blake, “A Perfect Day for Bananafish and “The Inverted Forest” invoke the work of T.S. Eliot. “Teddy” relays the words of Basho, while Salinger's later Glass stories invoke the rhyme of Issa and a myriad of Eastern poets. Seymour Glass was a poet. Raymond Ford was a poet. Teddy McArdle wrote poetry in his diary just as Allie Caulfield consoled his boredom by scribbling poems onto his southpaw mitt while in the field.
Read more : April 15, 2010
Last Taps from Valley Forge
With great sadness, Valley Forge Military Academy & College announces the passing of notable alumnus, Jerome D. Salinger '36.
Read more : January 28, 2010
J.D. Salinger Passes On
It is with feelings of sadness and loss that Dead Caulfields shares the news of the death of J.D. Salinger, who passed away at his home in Cornish, New Hampshire on Wednesday, January 27. According to his long time agent Phyllis Westberg, speaking on behalf of the Salinger family, the author died of natural causes and in keeping with his wishes, no public memorial is planned. However, I would like to offer a suggestion to all who seek to honor the legendary writer at this time: Read. Explore, whether for the first time or twenty, The Catcher in the Rye, read Nine Stories, Franny and Zooey, Raise High and Seymour. Re-experience Salinger's works in tribute to the author who is so deeply embedded within them. Salinger the man may be gone from us now - and the world is an emptier place for that - but he will always live within the pages he created, and through his art remain as vital today and tomorrow as when he strolled the boulevards of New York and the woods of New Hampshire.
January 28, 2010
A Life Raised High
Since 2004, I have devoted myself to researching and respectfully crafting a comprehensive study of author J.D. Salinger coupled with a tribute to his writings. I would like to announce that work is complete and thanks to Pomona Press, available to readers.
Publication date: March 15, 2010
Tributes to J.D. Salinger on his 91st Birthday
On New Year's Day, 2010, J.D. Salinger observed his 91st birthday at his home in Cornish, New Hampshire. Although the media acknowledgements of the occasion were muted in comparison to last year, when the author reached a milestone at 90, there were quite a number of congratulatory and insightful articles in newspapers, magazines and on the web. An especially exceptional article was written by Sam Buntz of The Dartmouth entitled "The Catcher in Cornish". In short, Mr. Buntz has got it spot-on with a perception not expressed since John Updike and Eudora Welty pondered Salinger's psyche and gifts to the world in their own unique ways decades ago. Bravo and thank you, Mr. Buntz.
January 1, 2010
2009 - Salinger v Colting: an Overview
For those not clued into All-Things-Salinger, here is a video synopsis of J.D. Salinger's latest legal melée, courtesy of Reuters.
Read more : September 7, 2009
Dead Caulfields celebrates its new domains by offering a new page. Authorship Chronology with Explanations lists every story that Salinger is known to have written during his publishing career and attempts to place each in the order they were written rather than the usual listing by publication dates.
Read more : September 20, 2009
J.D. Salinger turns 90
On January 1, 2009, J.D. Salinger celebrated his 90th birthday at his home in Cornish, New Hampshire.
January 1, 2009