Five New Books on the Way From J.D. Salinger
It’s often a complex affair, dealing with an author’s remaining works after they’ve died. The writing is often incomplete or not really fit for publication. According to the upcoming documentary on J.D. Salinger, this isn’t always the case, as he left instructions to his estate for publication of at least five new books, the first one due as soon as 2015.
Some will be original, while others will be extended versions of previous works. They will include work featuring Holden Caulfield, the protagonist of The Catcher in the Rye, as well as new stories about the Glass family, who featured in Franny and Zooey and other collections. The works are also expected to include a novella based on his war experiences and a book set against the backdrop of World War II.
Salinger’s last published original work was in 1965. He also hadn’t given an interview for the best part of 30 years before his death in 2010 at the age of 91. His published work only comprises a baker’s dozen of short stories and a novel. But apparently he was writing until his death.
…in 1974, the author revealed he wrote daily... He said: “There is a marvelous peace in not publishing,” adding: “Publishing is a terrible invasion of my privacy. I like to write. I live to write. But I write just for myself and my own pleasure.”
What will this mean for students and fans of Salinger’s work? It may well shed some light on Salinger’s published work, and at the very least provided a fuller picture of the author and how he wrote. Will you be picking up his new books?
The well-guarded book, Salinger, comes out on the 3rd of September, with the film due for release on 6 September.
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