Five New J.D. Salinger Manuscripts to Be Published

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

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.

Guests:

Amy Hungerford

Produced by:

Jillian Weinberger

Editors:

T.J. Raphael

Comments [3]

Joanne from NYC

Still don't understand why Salinger was so condescending - actually disdainful - towards his readers. Would he rather no one read his work? Obviously not, or he would have burned it all, and now we know that did not happen. Probably one too many fans invaded New Hampshire to be in his presence, but that is one of the costs of success Would you prefer to pass unpublished... and penniless? He should have been grateful to his fans as they enabled him to live so reclusively. A double edged sword here, careful what you wish for, you might get it.

Aug. 29 2013 11:40 AM
EBW

So what was Salinger's intended pronunciation of "Zooey"? I wish the Yale professor had weighed in on that. Anyone out there know?

Aug. 28 2013 11:01 AM
John from Berkeley CA

Jesus will you grow up and stop trying to make it SENSATIONAL. report, without all the glib crap I expect a lot more from NPR. This is a very poor subsitute for Talk of the nation. Please keep your hipster highjinx off the air.

Aug. 27 2013 03:53 PM

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