J. D. Salinger

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J.D. Salinger
Born January 1, 1919
Manhattan, New York, US
Died January 27, 2010 (aged 91)
Cornish, New Hampshire, US
Occupation Writer
Language English
Nationality American
Period 1940–1965
Notable work(s) The Catcher in the Rye (1951)
Nine Stories
Franny and Zooey
Children Margaret
Matt



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Jerome David Salinger (January 1, 1919 – January 27, 2010)[1][2] was an American writer, best known for his 1951 novel The Catcher in the Rye.

Life[change | edit source]

Salinger was born and raised in Manhattan, New York City. He began writing short stories while in secondary school. He went to work in Austria in 1936, but left two years later, just before Germany took Austria over.

He published several stories in the early 1940s before serving in World War II. In 1948 he published the story "A Perfect Day for Bananafish" in The New Yorker magazine, which also published most of his following work.

In 1951, Salinger's first novel, The Catcher in the Rye, was published. It became an immediate popular success.[3]

Salinger died at his home in Cornish, New Hampshire of natural causes on January 27, 2010.

Personality[change | edit source]

Salinger did not like publicity: He never published an original work after 1965 and was never interviewed after 1980. In fact, he told his agent to burn any mail that fans sent him.[4] He also did not want his photograph on the jacket of his books.[5]

Unpublished books[change | edit source]

On November 28, 2013, scans of three unpublished Salinger stories were uploaded to the Internet. It was done by a user of What.CD, an invite-only BitTorrent tracker site. The file was quickly removed by administrators of the site. It is not currently clear how the unpublished material was uploaded, as the original sources came from two different locations (the University of Texas and Princeton). This shows that the works may have been obtained on separate occasions and then put together. Salinger's unpublished works quickly spread over to open BitTorrent sites like The Pirate Bay and image-sharing sites such as Imgur.[6][7][8]

Despite What.CD's quick response, Salinger's unpublished writings will forever be available on the internet.

Footnotes[change | edit source]

References[change | edit source]

  • Kubica, Chris; Hochman, Will (2002). Letters to J.D. Salinger. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press. ISBN 0-299-17800-5.
  • Salinger, Margaret 2000. Dream catcher: reflections on reclusion. Scribner, N.Y. ISBN 0-671-04281-5

Other websites[change | edit source]