Salinger: A Biography

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By Paul Alexander

J.D. Salinger: A Biography bargains the 1st full-length well known account of yankee literature's nice recluse, giving new insights into the writer of The Catcher within the Rye. Salinger, was once essentially the most profitable writers of yankee brief fiction---the integral New Yorker writer---when he was once purely in his twenties and thirties. Then, mysteriously, he withdrew from the area, retiring to a cabin in New Hampshire the place he practices Zen. notwithstanding Salinger has acknowledged that he maintains to jot down, he has no longer released because the early 1960s

Paul Alexander, bestselling biographer and journalist, has rigorously researched and masterfully defined Salinger the man or woman and Salinger the icon. He solutions the various questions that encircle the lifestyles and legacy of J.D. Salinger. Why did critics develop into unreceptive to Salinger's tales as he grew older? Why are the real girls in his lifestyles lots more youthful than he? Why does he occasionally appear to be enjoying peek-a-boo along with his admirers? If he actually desires to be left by myself, why does he depart such a lot of clues? Why have his books been associated with famously psychotic youngsters similar to the murderer of John Lennon and the would-be murderer of President Reagan?

Alexander attracts upon released resources and private interviews with over 40 vital literary figures comparable to George Plimpton, homosexual Talese, and Tom Wolfe. He strains the writer's early years residing at the outer edge of genteel society in Manhattan's higher West part. He follows Salinger's mess ups and successes as a scholar, his harrowing studies in the course of global conflict II, and his romances---including one with youngster Oona O'Neill, who married Charlie Chaplin. He connects Salinger's existence to Salinger's paintings via distinctive remark on his writings, and he supplies the one entire evaluate ever written of the final thirty years of the writer's life-a heritage of makes an attempt to flee awareness mixed with a coy wish to stay within the public eye

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Ten months: a lot of this fabric is proven in At domestic on the planet via Joyce Maynard. robbery, RUMOR, AND INNUENDO “Lee Eisenberg, a tender guy . . . the place it got here from”: This quote comes from my interview with Gordon Lish. It was once a chilly and wet fall night . . . striking the phone up: This part in regards to the John Greenberg episode relies at the November three, 1974 long island occasions article “J. D. Salinger Speaks approximately His Silence” through Lacey Fosburgh in addition to my interview with Andreas Brown. “Through the years” . . . “your coming here”: This episode is predicated at the November 18, 1974 Newsweek article by way of invoice Roeder. Then, in that very same 12 months, 1975 . . . “let us become aware of the consequences”: right here on the New Yorker through Brendan Gill, Random condo, 1975. On April 22, 1976 . . . what I’ve performed during this case”: This part relies at the John Calvin Batchelor articles that seemed within the Soho Weekly information in April 1976 and April 1977 in addition to my interviews with Batchelor. “In 1976, at Exeter . . . turn into Holden Caulfield”: This quote comes from my interview with Becky Lish. STALKING SALINGER The reporter used to be Michael Clarkson . . . Salinger again to his tv: those episodes are according to the Niagara Falls overview article “Two Hard-won Encounters with J. D. Salinger” through Michael Clarkson. within the narrative of Salinger’s existence . . . His autograph, that's: This episode relies on Betty Eppes’s article “What I Did final Summer,” together with a short creation written by means of the editors, which seemed within the Paris overview in the summertime of 1981, in addition to my interview with George Plimpton. “Well, in her letter . . . he’s a human being”: This quote comes from my interview with George Plimpton. In December that very same 12 months, 1980 . . . from Salinger’s publication: This description of John Lennon’s homicide is predicated on contemporaneous press money owed in addition to Lennon: The Definitive Biography by way of Ray Coleman, McGraw Hill, 1985. On March 30, 1981 . . . The Catcher within the Rye: Nancy Reagan: The Unauthorized Biography through Kitty Kelley, Simon and Schuster, 1991. His feel of . . . one other or die: “Case heritage of All of Us,” through Ernest Jones, The kingdom, January 1991. In 1981 . . . “there used to be a romance”: the knowledge in those paragraphs, together with the direct fees, comes from my interview with Elaine Joyce. A model of those paragraphs used to be integrated in my manhattan journal article “J. D. Salinger’s ladies. ” The incident on the dinner theater in Florida used to be additionally pointed out within the Washington put up on may possibly 15, 1982. TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS In 1982, one other wave . . . finish of the dialogue: This passage is predicated on a talk among Lawrence Grobel and Truman Capote that was once integrated in Conversations with Capote via Lawrence Grobel (New American Library, 1985) in addition to my interview with Grobel. “Nonsense! . . . develop into enigmas”: This quote comes from my interview with Roger Angell. In January 1985, for instance . . . no longer below any stipulations: this data comes from a letter dated January 20, 1985 written by means of Salinger to William Faison which was once provided to me by way of Gloria Murray.

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