I recently finished watching the intriguing 2013 documentary Salinger directed by Shane Salerno which has been on my watch list for a while. I was curious to learn more about the continuous obsession of the novel The Catcher in the Rye written by J.D. Salinger which was published in 1951.
In essence, the main character, Holden Caulfield, is a young disenchanted Jerome David Salinger.
J.D. Salinger went from a promising writer obsessed with trying to get published in The New Yorker after numerous failed attempts… to a traumatized WWII army soldier who endured the atrocities of war… to a literary icon after The Catcher in the Rye took on its own life… to a recluse in Cornish, New Hampshire, who regretted being published and losing his anonymity… to a celebrated author who continued to write until his death in 2010 at the age of 91.
What was he writing for the last 40 years?
According to the documentary, there are several books that will be published “in irregular installments starting between 2015 and 2020”, including more about Holden Caulfield. It’s time to start re-reading The Catcher in the Rye.
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