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Salinger : a biography

Author: Paul Alexander
Publisher: Los Angeles : Renaissance Books, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"J. D. Salinger has taken every precaution to hide details of his private life. Now Salinger, A Biography tells the story of America's great literary recluse." "He was not always a mystery. In the 1940s and 1950s Salinger was a successful and prolific writer of American short fiction - the quintessential New Yorker writer. Then he withdrew to a cabin in New Hampshire where he practices Zen and has continued to write  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: J D Salinger; J D Salinger; Jerome D Salinger; Jerome David Salinger; J D Salinger
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Alexander
ISBN: 1580630804 9781580630801 1580631487 9781580631488
OCLC Number: 43859221
Description: 351 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: A sighting --
Two biographies --
Sonny --
The young folks --
Inventing Holden Caulfield --
Private Salinger --
Sylvia --
Seymour Glass, etc. --
1950 --
The Catcher in the rye --
Nine stories --
Claire --
The Glass family --
Heroes and villains --
Good-byes --
Joyce --
Theft, rumor, and innuendo --
Stalking Salinger --
Trials and tribulations --
Ghosts in the shadows --
Coda.
Responsibility: Paul Alexander.

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An account of the life of American literature's great recluse. J.D. Salinger has not been published since the early 1960s, having retired to a cabin in New Hampshire where he practices Zen. Alexander  Read more...

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"As good a biography of Salinger as we're likely to get for a while. Alexander...[has] succeeded in placing Salinger in the context of his times, and in finding in the author's life seeds of Read more...

 
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