"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.”
From the Outlook archives:
- From my juvenilia, circa late 1990s, an old page on JD Salinger and a FAQ
- Dead Caulfields
- An interview with Robert Giroux, the man who had a chance to first publish him at Paris Review
- 1951 review of CITR: Aw, the World's a Crumby Place
- Janet Malcolm's 2001 NYT piece, Justice to J.D. Salinger
- From Margaret A. Salinger's Dream Catcher: A Memoir
- Holden at 50
- From Esquire's June 1997 issue, Ron Rosenbaum's The Hanted Life of J.D. Salinger:
The Man in the Glass House
Read, the obits at
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:
- "Bunch of Phonies Mourn Salinger": http://onion.com/bzcGwf
- Publisher Roger Lathbury recalls book deal with J.D. Salinger that went sour http://bit.ly/cNH3X0
- JD Salinger: The New York Post Photo -- Gotcha, Catcher! -- that inspired Don DeLillo's Mao II http://bit.ly/btl5VQ
- The youtube bits would have given him and his lawyers more than two haemorrhages apiece: http://bit.ly/cvtLpP #Salinger 3:05 PM Jan 29th from web
- There are stalkers and morons who wouldn't leave him alone http://bit.ly/brlsq8 #Salinger
3:05 PM Jan 29th from web
- And bad parodies http://bit.ly/c0zgvx #Salinger 3:05 PM Jan 29th from web
- And songs on catcher: where do the ducks go? http://bit.ly/ca6ZrE & http://bit.ly/cDwSaf #Salinger 3:05 PM Jan 29th from web
- And of course then there was six degrees of separation http://bit.ly/1VoYQ7 #Salinger
3:05 PM Jan 29th from web