For J.D. Salinger fans, 2015 will be a big year.
It’s been over 60 years since The Catcher in the Rye defined adolescent angst for generations of teens. But after publishing this best-selling novel, the author J. D. Salinger went into a self-imposed retirement, rarely giving public appearances or speaking to the press.
Betty Eppes, a reporter for a Louisiana paper, was granted a rare interview while he was in exile.
“He said 'I refuse to publish,'" Eppes said. "'There's a marvelous peace in not publishing,' he said. 'There's a stillness. When you publish, the world thinks you owe something. If you don't publish, they don't know what you're doing. You can keep it for yourself.'"
But now we know, Salinger was busy writing.
Authors of a new biography claim Salinger left a time table and specific instructions for publishing five unseen manuscripts, starting in 2015.
Amy Hungerford, a professor of English and American Studies at Yale University, explains the potential literary significance.