J. D. Salinger: A Life

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Random House, 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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User Review  - lindap69 - LibraryThing

Billed as a biography this is so much more as the author uses extensive information about the writings and interweaves Salinger's works with his life. When I retire I will re-read my beloved Salinger in conjunction with this book! Read full review

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User Review  - knightlight777 - LibraryThing

When I saw this biography I thought of two things. How long ago has it been since I read "Catcher in the Rye"? Secondly what did I really know about J.D. Salinger? Not much for the second. Slawenski ... Read full review

Contents

Sonny
3
Ambition
26
Indecision
47
Displacement
76
Hell
90
Purgatory
140
Recognition
156
Reaffirmation
172
Positioning
241
Franny
254
Two Families
263
Zooey
276
Seymour
302
The Poetry of Silence
373
Coming Through the Rye
400
Acknowledgments
415

Holden
189
Crossroads
215

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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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