Coming Soon? 5 Books From JD Salinger

Documentary says author ordered posthumous publication of some works

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 25, 2013 9:20 AM CDT

(Newser) – We haven't heard the last word on Holden Caulfield, if a new documentary on JD Salinger is to be believed. The New York Times today reports that at least five new books could roll out as soon as 2015, including one tome, The Last and Best of the Peter Pans, that would be collected with new and existing stories about the Caulfields. The Family Glass would reportedly add five new stories to Salinger's Franny and Zooey protagonists. The revelations come via Salinger, a documentary set to debut Sept. 6; a companion book of the same name will be published Sept. 3.

Filmmaker Shane Salerno says Salinger, who died in 2010, left detailed instructions for the posthumous release of some of his work, the existence of which has been rumored in the past. Salinger's son, Matthew, earlier this year dismissed the documentary as lacking access to the reclusive author's very small inner circle. But Salerno points to stacks of unpublished photos and letters, and a diary of a lifelong Salinger friend, saying, “If that’s not the inner circle, I don’t know what is the inner circle." Click for more on Salinger.

A 1951 file photo shows JD Salinger. Authors of a new biography are claiming they have cracked one of publishing's greatest mysteries: What the novelist was working on during the last half-century of his life.
A 1951 file photo shows JD Salinger. Authors of a new biography are claiming they have cracked one of publishing's greatest mysteries: What the novelist was working on during the last half-century of...   (AP Photo, file)
This undated photo shows author JD Salinger at home in Cornish, NH, with Emily Maxwell, wife of William Maxwell, a close friend and Salinger's editor at the New Yorker.
This undated photo shows author JD Salinger at home in Cornish, NH, with Emily Maxwell, wife of William Maxwell, a close friend and Salinger's editor at the New Yorker.   (AP Photo/The Story Factory)
A photo of JD Salinger appears next to copies of his classic, The Catcher in the Rye, and Nine Stories.
A photo of JD Salinger appears next to copies of his classic, "The Catcher in the Rye," and "Nine Stories."   (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)
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