Judge Backs Salinger, Blocks Catcher Sequel

Novel about Holden Caulfield can't be published in US
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 1, 2009 5:18 PM CDT
JD Salinger, in 1951.   (AP Photo, file)

(Newser) – Another court triumph for JD Salinger: A federal judge has blocked the US publication of an unauthorized sequel to The Catcher in the Rye. The judge, who had issued a temporary restraining order last month, issued a more permanent injunction against the novel by Swedish author Fredrik Colting, reports the New York Times. It had been scheduled to come out this summer. Colting can still take the case to trial, but the judge said Salinger would likely prevail.

The novel, 60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye, features a 76-year-old version of Holden Caulfield. Colting argued his "Mr. C" character is a parody, but the judge didn't buy it, noting that the book's jacket called it "a marvelous sequel to one of our most beloved classics." The book has already been published in Britain.