J. D. Salinger: A Life

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Random House Publishing Group, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 464 pages
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One of the most popular and mysterious figures in American literary history, the author of the classicCatcher in the Rye, J. D. Salinger eluded fans and journalists for most of his life. Now he is the subject of this definitive biography, which is filled with new information and revelations garnered from countless interviews, letters, and public records. Kenneth Slawenski explores Salinger’s privileged youth, long obscured by misrepresentation and rumor, revealing the brilliant, sarcastic, vulnerable son of a disapproving father and doting mother. Here too are accounts of Salinger’s first broken heart—after Eugene O’Neill’s daughter, Oona, left him—and the devastating World War II service that haunted him forever.J. D. Salingerfeatures all the dazzle of this author’s early writing successes, his dramatic encounters with luminaries from Ernest Hemingway to Elia Kazan, his office intrigues with famousNew Yorkereditors and writers, and the stunning triumph ofThe Catcher in the Rye, which would both make him world-famous and hasten his retreat into the hills of New Hampshire.J. D. Salingeris this unique author’s unforgettable story in full—one that no lover of literature can afford to miss.

  

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Fascinating portrayal of a writer I love. - Goodreads
A very well researched look at Salinger's life. - Goodreads
This is a loving, well-researched biography. - Goodreads
JD Salinger is in many ways a writer's writer. - Goodreads
It may only be replaced by a writer. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Кремена Михайлова - Goodreads

Reading Salinger's biography was a rewarding experience coinciding with my second-time reading of his published works. It helped me follow the roots of the inward insights in his works and better ... Read full review

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This biography must have very difficult to write, knowing Salinger's aversion to publicity. I am in a book club that has "Franny and Zooey" as its next selection, and I always try to learn about the ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
1
Ambition
26
Indecision
47
Displacement
76
Hell
90
Purgatory
140
Recognition
156
Reaflirmation
172
Crossroads
215
Positioning 24l
241
l2 Franny
254
Two Families
263
Zooey
276
Seymour
302
The P0ctr_ 0FSilcncc
373
Coming Through the Rye
400

Holden
189

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About the author (2012)

Kenneth Slawenski is the creator of DeadCaulfields.com, a website founded in 2004 and recommended by The New York Times. He has been working on this biography for eight years. Slawenski was born in New Jersey, and has lived there all his life.


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