JD Salinger Dead at 91
A host of new work could be published posthumously
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 28, 2010 12:42 PM CST
In this 1951 file photo, J.D. Salinger, author of "The Catcher in the Rye", "Nine Stories", and "Franny and Zooey" is shown.   (AP Photo, file)

(Newser) – JD Salinger, the legendary author, youth hero, and fugitive from fame whose The Catcher in the Rye shocked and inspired a world he increasingly shunned, has died. He was 91. His death could lead to the publication of some of the writing he has been working on since he stopped publishing in the 1960s. Salinger has spent decades in self-imposed isolation in Cornish, NH, where, rumor has it, he has written at least 15 unpublished books.

"I love to write and I assure you I write regularly," Salinger said in a brief interview with the Baton Rouge (La.) Advocate in 1980. "But I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it." Salinger is said to have marked some of his manuscripts for posthumous publication. Though none of Salinger's other books achieved Catcher's fame, they are still widely read and for the most part critically acclaimed.

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thezenhaitian
Jan 29, 2010 12:18 PM CST
Aww... that sucks!
Non-deep-thinker
Jan 29, 2010 3:30 AM CST
What a gift his guy had, of creating a certain unique, odd world on paper. "Raise High The Roofbeams, Carpenter"-- who gives this kind of title to a book? Especially back then, or even today. Also worth noting: A refreshing lack of being interviewed and talking on and on about himself. Can you imagine someone today-- like Madonna, or any celebrity for that matter -- not talking about themselves, or refusing to be interviewed? JDS gave the world a much-needed seminar on how to STFU as a celebrity. Hope this guy left a treasure trove of writing behind to be discovered and published. R.I.P. JD.
Snowleopard
Jan 28, 2010 8:38 AM CST
strange timing on this. i just started reading catcher in the rye last week. i figured i'd check it out since i never read it while i was young and it was one of those classics. honestly, i'm enjoying it, but i think i would have appreciated it more when i was younger. interesting tone to it through.