J. D. Salinger
|Born||January 1, 1919
Manhattan, New York, US
|Died||January 27, 2010 (aged 91)
Cornish, New Hampshire, US
|Notable work(s)||The Catcher in the Rye (1951)
Franny and Zooey
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.
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. He also did not want his photograph on the jacket of his books.
Unpublished books[change | edit source]
On November 28, 2013, scans of three unpublished Salinger stories were uploaded to the Internet.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 It is not currently clear how the unpublished material was uploaded, as the original sources came from two different locations (the University of Texas and Princeton).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 Salinger's unpublished works quickly spread over to open BitTorrent sites like The Pirate Bay and image-sharing sites such as Imgur.
Despite What.CD's quick response, Salinger's unpublished writings will forever be available on the internet.
Footnotes[change | edit source]
- Italie, Hillel. "'Catcher in the Rye' author J.D. Salinger dies". http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100128/ap_on_en_ot/us_obit_salinger;_ylt=AqV_9m6_MkLpq8NRkt0guZwEtbAF;_ylu=X3oDMTJtZTg5cWFpBGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMTAwMTI4L3VzX29iaXRfc2FsaW5nZXIEcG9zAzEEc2VjA3luX3BhZ2luYXRlX3N1bW1hcnlfbGlzdARzbGsDY2F0Y2hlcmludGhl. Retrieved 2010-01-28.
- pronounced /ˈsælɨndʒɚ/
- Skow, John (1961-09-15). "Sonny: An Introduction". Time. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,938775,00.html. Retrieved 2007-04-12.
- "J. D. Salinger, Enigmatic Author of ‘The Catcher in the Rye,’ Dies at 91 - Obituary (Obit) - NYTimes.com". nytimes.com. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/29/books/29salinger.html. Retrieved 2010-12-12.
- "Why did J D Salinger spend the last 60 years hiding in a shed writing love notes to teenage girls?". dailymail.co.uk. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1246881/Why-did-J-D-Salinger-spend-60-years-hiding-shed-writing-love-notes-teenage-girls.html. Retrieved December 12, 2010.
- Unpublished Salinger Books Leaked to Private File-Sharing Site, Torrentfreak.com, retrieved 2013-11-28
- JD Salinger unpublished stories 'leaked online', telegraph.co.uk, retrieved 2013-11-29
- Unseen JD Salinger stories leaked on to filesharing site, theguardian.com, retrieved 2013-11-29
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]
|Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: J. D. Salinger|
- The Letters to J. D. Salinger Web Site.
- The J. D. Salinger "Bananafish" discussion list.
- Implied meanings in J. D. Salinger stories and reverting (English Pdf) (from http://www.tversu.ru/Science/Hermeneutics/1998-2.html )
- Salinger.org - A Fan site
- Dead Caulfields. The early life and work of J.D. Salinger