J.D. Salinger, author of Catcher in the Rye, died yesterday at age 91. The Wall Street Journal has a very good article about the author, including this info about other books you can read by Salinger:
“Mr. Salinger’s other books don’t equal the influence or sales of “Catcher,” but they are still read, again and again, with great affection and intensity. Critics, at least briefly, rated Mr. Salinger as a more accomplished and daring short story writer than John Cheever.
The collection “Nine Stories” features the classic “A Perfect Day for Bananafish,” the deadpan account of a suicidal Army veteran and the little girl he hopes, in vain, will save him. The novel “Franny and Zooey,” like “Catcher,” is a youthful, obsessively articulated quest for redemption, featuring a memorable argument between Zooey and his mother as he attempts to read in the bathtub.
Mr. Salinger also wrote the novellas “Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters” and “Seymour—An Introduction,” both featuring the neurotic, fictional Glass family that appeared in much of his work.
His last published story, “Hapworth 16, 1928,” ran in The New Yorker in 1965. By then he was increasingly viewed like a precocious child whose manner had soured from cute to insufferable. “Salinger was the greatest mind ever to stay in prep school,” Norman Mailer once commented.
In 1999, New Hampshire neighbor Jerry Burt said the author had told him years earlier that he had written at least 15 unpublished books kept locked in a safe at his home.” Does that mean that we will be seeing more works by Salinger, published posthumously?