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'Most Elusive Prize in 20th-Century Literature' to Be Sold

JD Salinger signed copy of 'The Catcher in the Rye' with his childhood nickname

(Newser) - Pom Harrington, owner of Peter Harrington Books, calls it the "perhaps the most elusive prize in 20th-century literature"—the only known copy of The Catcher in the Rye that JD Salinger signed with his childhood nickname, Sonny. The London bookseller is asking £225,000—$263,000—for...

Catcher In the Rye 'Prequel' Leaks Online

Along with two other unpublished JD Salinger works

(Newser) - Three unpublished stories by JD Salinger have leaked online—including The Ocean Full of Bowling Balls, a sort-of prequel to Catcher in the Rye often cited as the author's greatest unpublished work. PDF scans showed up on a members-only torrent site yesterday, and quickly made their way to Reddit...

Coming Soon? 5 Books From JD Salinger

Documentary says author ordered posthumous publication of some works

(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 ...

8 Famous Books Still Only on Paper

Including 'To Kill a Mockingbird' and 'Catcher in the Rye'

(Newser) - The e-book market has spiked from 0.6% in 2008 to 6.4% in 2010, or $878 million in sales, yet you still won't be able to find certain hugely popular books in the new format. The Street rounded up a list of eight classics that can be found...

JD Salinger's Toilet For Sale on eBay

Memorabilia dealer wants $1M, but bring your best offers

(Newser) - JD Salinger fans, rejoice. Or cringe in horror, more likely. For a mere $1 million, you can buy the late author's toilet on eBay, reports the Raleigh News and Observer . The commode was used by Salinger at his home in Cornish, NH, where he spent more than 50 years living...

On the Page, Salinger Was Anything but Withdrawn
On the Page, Salinger Was Anything but Withdrawn

On the Page, Salinger Was Anything but Withdrawn

Remembering the writer, not the myth

(Newser) - The myth of JD Salinger the withdrawn man doesn't match Salinger the writer, Adam Gopnik writes. On the page, Salinger was charming, expansive, and relentlessly engaged with the world. "No American writer will ever have a more alert ear, a more attentive eye, or a more ardent heart,"...

Eager Fans Await 'Secret Salinger Trove'

Author rumored to have kept stash of unpublished works

(Newser) - Fans who have long awaited Holden Caulfield's move from adolescence to retirement hope they'll soon be reading something new from JD Salinger. The author—whose last published book was in 1963—is widely believed to have kept a stack of finished, unpublished works in a safe in his New Hampshire...

JD Salinger Dead at 91
 JD Salinger 
 Dead at 91 

JD Salinger Dead at 91

A host of new work could be published posthumously

(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...

Judge Backs Salinger, Blocks Catcher Sequel

Novel about Holden Caulfield can't be published in US

(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 ...

Judge Shelves Catcher In the Rye Knock-Off

Restraining order may be prelude to trial for Salinger, 'sequel' writer

(Newser) - A federal judge today blocked the publication of a modern novel featuring the characters of The Catcher in the Rye while she weighs whether there’s a valid copyright case. Author JD Salinger, 90, sued the Swedish publisher of 60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye for not seeking his...

JD Salinger Moves to Block 'Sequel' to Catcher In Rye

Novel by 'JD California' may be a hoax

(Newser) - Lawyers for the famously reclusive author JD Salinger are considering legal action to block an unauthorized sequel to his classic The Catcher in the Rye, reports the Telegraph. The new novel, by a Swedish-American named John David California, is titled 60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye. It...

Still Searching for JD Salinger
Still Searching for JD Salinger

Still Searching for JD Salinger

As the reclusive author turns 90, we're left to wonder who he was; will he publish again?

(Newser) - JD Salinger turns 90 tomorrow, but the milestone brings no new clarity to the life of the mysterious recluse, who has maintained four decades of closely-guarded silence. The New York Times does some close reading of the literary icon's work in a search for clues. The most critical questions: Has...

Put Catcher to Rest Already
 Put Catcher to Rest Already 

Put Catcher to Rest Already

Salinger standby should make way for newer books

(Newser) - JD Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye may have once been edgy, coming-of-age literature, but does it deserve a place in today's curricula? It's time to retire Holden Caulfield, argues Anne Trubek in Good magazine. "Salinger’s novel lacks the currency or shock value it once had," she...

50 Favorite Cult Books
50 Favorite
Cult Books 

50 Favorite Cult Books

From Hunter to Ayn, the Telegraph lists books you can 'wear like a leather jacket'

(Newser) - It’s hard to define the "cult" book, but the Telegraph compiled 50 of the top contenders that “rewire your head.”
  • The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe (1968)
  • Baby and Child Care by Dr Benjamin Spock (1946)
  • Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse (1922)
  • The Fountainhead by

If You Really Want to Hear About It ...

Though pushing 60, Holden Caulfield's story never gets old

(Newser) - Holden Caulfield was an angsty teen before James Dean and rock and roll made alientaed youth an icon. "There's really not the sense of teen culture that there is now," says the producer of "Gossip Girl." NPR takes the measure of Holden, J.D. Salinger, and...

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