Jerome David “J.D.” Salinger, a private man

From most accounts, J.D. Salinger was an obsessively private man, particularly so after the publication of his novel, The Catcher in the Rye, in 1951.  He was known to sue those who infringed his privacy and the sanctity of his literary work.  There seems to be a long list of biographers that have borne the brunt of Salinger’s litigious bent, and in 2009, he successfully sued Fredrick Colting, a Swedish author, preventing Colting from publishing a novel he had written about a grown up Holden Caulfield.

I’m sure the advent of the internet, blogging, Facebook, Twitter and so on would have irked poor old Salinger, and no doubt, the ability to access the information linked below, with a simple click, would have him turning furiously over in his grave.

So if you dare to disturb the dead, have a read of the linked articles and websites below.  He led a fascinating life, including dating Charlie Chaplin’s future wife; participating in D-Day on Utah Beach; and at one time or another practicing a number of different religions.

Times Topic

Wikipedia – J.D. Salinger

James Stern Review, July 15, 1951

NY Times Obituary

Son continues with litigious bent


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One Response to Jerome David “J.D.” Salinger, a private man

  1. Ellisha says:

    “There is a marvelous peace in not publishing … I like to write. I love to write. But I write just for myself and my own pleasure.” ~ J. D. Salinger

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