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New J. D. Salinger Works To Be Published Posthumously


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There are few modern authors who are already as infamous in pop culture and academia alike as J. D. Salinger.

A New York resident, Salinger's works are well-known for their depictions of Manhattan in the 1950s and 60s. Of particular note are his short stories from The New Yorker which chronicled the lives of various members of the fictional Glass family, A Perfect Day For Bananafish and Franny and Zooey being the most famous. There is of course also his widely read novel The Catcher In The Rye, which has come to be a classic for those themes that Salinger draws upon best; knowledge, city life and alienation.

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Although there were rumours in recent years that the author had unseen work that had remained unpublished, since the authors death in 2010 the topic has been largely unaddressed until a recent Guardian Exclusive by Alison Flood with J. D. Salinger's son, Matt Salinger. In this interview, Matt shared that 'all of what [Salinger] wrote will be shared at some point'.

Whilst there were online speculations in 2013 that there were 5 unseen J. D. Salinger novels behind the scenes, this news was quickly quashed by the Salinger estate. However, Matt Salinger is pleased to share that there is some work by his father that is set to be released in the near future.

Having written for 50 years without any further publishing, Matt Salinger states he has been working with his father's material since 2011. 'He wanted me to pull it together, and because of the scope of the job, he knew it would take a long time', said Matt of the material. 'When it’s ready, we’re going to share it'.

The scope of the project, along with the pressure of editing it, makes those J. D. Salinger publications which will be posthumous all the more intriguing, the author's son claiming that 'when my father said that everything he has to say is in his fiction, believe it – it’s there'. For now, Salinger fans wait avidly for further news of potential release dates.

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