J. D. Salinger may not be done publishing after all, according to claims in a new film and book set for release next week.
Mr. Salinger, who died in 2010 at the age of 91, has been known for a distinguished but scant literary oeuvre that was capped by the enormous success of his 1951 novel, “The Catcher in the Rye.”
But a forthcoming documentary and related book, both titled “Salinger,” include detailed assertions that Mr. Salinger instructed his estate to publish at least five additional books — some of them entirely new, some extending past work — in a sequence that he intended to begin as early as 2015.
For those of a certain age, who grew up in a certain milieu, this is monumental news.
From the time I was fourteen until my early twenties, I read and re-read everything Salinger published at least a dozen times. One of the iconic souvenirs I still have from those days is the first edition copy of Franny and Zooey that I bought at the lobby bookstore of the Biltmore Hotel in NYC, a few feet away from the “clock at the Biltmore” that Salinger made famous for a generation of readers.
All of it is gone, now: the Biltmore, the bookstore, the clock, and even Salinger himself, not to mention my own youth when things like Holden Caulfield mattered. As for the “new” stories? It’s as if the memories of ancient days disinterred themselves from the grave of the past and are striking up a new conversaton with me.
I can’t wait.
If you want the bio, you can get it here: Salinger