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Jerome David Salinger, 1919 - 2010

"An artist's only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else's." --  Franny and Zooey

Jerome David Salinger, the celebrated author of Catcher in the Rye, and the creator of the Glass family, who had been living as a virtual recluse at his home in Cornish, New Hampshire since 1953 died Wednesday, January 27.

Mr. Salinger’s literary representative, Phyllis Westberg of Harold Ober Associates, announced the death, saying it was of natural causes. She said he passed away peacefully at his home in New Hampshire on Wednesday

“Despite having broken his hip in May his health had been excellent until a rather sudden decline after the new year. He was not in any pain before or at the time of his death.

“In keeping with his lifelong, uncompromising desire to protect and defend his privacy, there will be no service, and the family asks that people’s respect for him, his work and his privacy be extended to them, individually and collectively, during this time.

“Salinger had remarked that he was in this world but not of it. His body is gone but the family hopes that he is still with those he loves, whether they are religious or historical figures, personal friends or fictional characters.”

Check out the New York Post photo that inspired Photo that inspired Don DeLillo's Mao II 

From the Outlook archives:

Elsewhere:

Read, the obits at

Uncollected Stories

Out of the 22, as many as 15 are now legitimately in public domain:

  • "13 New Yorker stories" on-line at New Yorker

And two at Esquire

While CITR is universally hailed a classic, and with reason, I dare say Franny & Zooey and the rest of the Glasses are easily among the most under-rated literary characters.

JDS, RIP: "Please accept from me this unpretentious bouquet of very early-blooming parentheses: (((( ))))"

Post Script: Some of the tweets, for the record, as they have some useful links:

"An artist's only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else's." --  Franny and Zooey

Jerome David Salinger, the celebrated author of Catcher in the Rye, and the creator of the Glass family, who had been living as a virtual recluse at his home in Cornish, New Hampshire since 1953 died Wednesday, January 27.

Mr. Salinger’s literary representative, Phyllis Westberg of Harold Ober Associates, announced the death, saying it was of natural causes. She said he passed away peacefully at his home in New Hampshire on Wednesday

“Despite having broken his hip in May his health had been excellent until a rather sudden decline after the new year. He was not in any pain before or at the time of his death.

“In keeping with his lifelong, uncompromising desire to protect and defend his privacy, there will be no service, and the family asks that people’s respect for him, his work and his privacy be extended to them, individually and collectively, during this time.

“Salinger had remarked that he was in this world but not of it. His body is gone but the family hopes that he is still with those he loves, whether they are religious or historical figures, personal friends or fictional characters.”

Check out the New York Post photo that inspired Photo that inspired Don DeLillo's Mao II 

From the Outlook archives:

Elsewhere:

Read, the obits at

Uncollected Stories

Out of the 22, as many as 15 are now legitimately in public domain:

  • "13 New Yorker stories" on-line at New Yorker

And two at Esquire

While CITR is universally hailed a classic, and with reason, I dare say Franny & Zooey and the rest of the Glasses are easily among the most under-rated literary characters.

JDS, RIP: "Please accept from me this unpretentious bouquet of very early-blooming parentheses: (((( ))))"

Post Script: Some of the tweets, for the record, as they have some useful links:

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