Literary Recluse Revisited

Salinger by Shane Salerno

A hot topic right now is the new documentary film about author J.D. Salinger. The documentary is accompanied by a book entitled "Salinger" by David Shields and Shane Salerno. SLCL has several copies. It's a long book--700 pages! But with eight years of research and interviews behind it, one might expect that.

Salinger is regarded as one of the best and most mysterious of 20th Century American authors. Although he wrote every day, he published very little.  The library has copies of "The Catcher in the Rye" and "Franny and Zooey." We have printed copies, electronic copies, Cliff notes and critiques. SLCL even has "The Catcher in the Rye" in Chinese.

If you're interested in Salinger's life, we have other (shorter) biographies. "J.D. Salinger : a life" by Kenneth Slawenski ; "Dream catcher : a memoir" by Margaret A. Salinger;  and "Salinger, a biography" by Paul Alexander are available.

The library also has databases and electronic resources with criticism and biographical information about J. D. Salinger.

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