Monday, April 23, 2007

Treasures from J. D. Salinger?

A recent story on J.D. Salinger in the Toronto Star wonders what literary treasures might be released upon the death of author J.D. Salinger. Following the publication and subsequent publicity surrounding Catcher in the Rye, Salinger became a reclusive celebrity.
With a sour face, Salinger told [Toronto resident Clifford] Church he quit publishing because it was an invasion of his privacy and he was sick of writers, psychiatric patients and disillusioned others flocking to him for advice, but that he continued to write.

Salinger's relatives report that there are new stories and even a screenplay. Michael Clarkson [Clifford Church], the writer of the Toronto Star article speculates,
Chances are that Salinger's seductive, often-cynical prose will be heralded by yet another generation of young people and find a place in school curriculum like Catcher, once banned because it has the word goddamn 252 times.