J.D. Salinger marks return through unpublished works

By Dana Sotoodeh


  Deceased in 2010 at the age of 91, J.D. Salinger’s work lives on through a series of five unpublished books, set for release around 2015.

Shane Salerno’s documentary released Sept. 6 and book on Salinger, titled “Salinger,” surpasses the expectations of a detailed account of the very private author’s life. Within his work, Salerno releases secret information regarding Salinger’s instructions for his estate to publish five additional books — some entirely new, after his passing.

Believed to be done writing after his last publication titled “Hapworth 16, 1924,” which appeared in the New Yorker, those in touch with Salinger said he continued writing consistently. (We think he was working on his secret line of publications.)

This is exciting news for Salinger fans who can’t get enough of his award-winning works, such as “Catcher in the Rye” and “Franny and Zooey.” One of the unpublished collections titled “The Family Glass,” serves as an expansion of the fictional Glass Family, first seen in “Franny and Zooey.”

It has also been said a “retooled” version of the publicly known but unpublished tale, “The Last and Best of the Peter Pans,” is to be collected along with new stories and existing work about the “Claudfields” as seen in “Catcher in the Rye.”

With anticipation for these unpublished works climbing among Salinger enthusiasts and avid readers, additional information regarding the publications is scarce. The author’s son and widow refuse to comment on any discussion relevant to their relative’s plans for the future.

Until these books are published, we’ll sit back with a large bowl of popcorn, and see what other mysteries we can dig up from Salerno’s film.


E-mail Sotoodeh at sotoodeh@student.uiwtx.edu

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