Thursday, January 28, 2010

Goodbye, Salinger

 RIP :: J. D. Salinger

J. D. Salinger passed away yesterday. You can read more here. Salinger wrote the famous Catcher in the Rye, which is another one of those books I know I should have read by now, and haven't. It's been on The List for several years. What's crazy is that Salinger published Catcher in the Rye in 1951 when he was 32. It was immediately popular and is widely acclaimed as an influential modern novel. He never published another novel. Other published works by Salinger are:
Salinger was known for being reclusive, and hasn't given an interview or other public appearance in over twenty years. I have always envisioned him as a man who had one goal. His goal was to publish a novel. He did it. And that was that. Why write another one?

Whether or not that's true, who is to say? I have often wondered, though, what else the great writer may have been capable of...

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