Friday, January 29, 2010
You might have heard that famed author J.D. Salinger has died at 91 years old. Salinger wrote the wildly popular novel, The Catcher in the Rye.
Now that Salinger has died, there is a great deal of speculation about what is in his safe. "Stories about a possible Salinger trove have been around for a long time. In 1999, New Hampshire neighbor Jerry Burt said the author had told him years earlier that he had written at least 15 unpublished books kept locked in a safe at his home. A year earlier, author and former Salinger girlfriend Joyce Maynard had written that Salinger used to write daily and had at least two novels stored away.
Salinger, who died Wednesday at age 91, began publishing short stories in the 1940s and became a sensation in the 1950s after the release of "Catcher," a novel that helped drive the already wary author into near-total seclusion. His last book, "Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour," came out in 1963 and his last published work of any kind, the short story "Hapworth 16, 1924," appeared in The New Yorker in 1965." (Information provided by Yahoo News).
Could he have written several other novels? Will we ever know?
I, as most of us did, read The Catcher in the Rye in high school. I hated it, could not identify with it, and still don't hold much love for it today. Did you read it? What are your thoughts on the controversy surrounding the novel (the fact that most serial or political killers seemed to carry a copy of the novel on them). I'd love to hear your thoughts!