One of the most popular and mysterious figures in American literary history, the author of the classic The Catcher in the Rye, J. D. Salinger eluded fans and journalists for most of his life. This definitive biography is filled with new information and revelations garnered from interviews, letters, and public records, in an attempt to reveal the secret life of the man. J. D. Salinger features all the dazzle of the author’s early writing successes, his dramatic encounters with luminaries from Ernest Hemingway to Elia Kazan, his office intrigues with famous New Yorker editors and writers, and the stunning triumph of The Catcher in the Rye, which would both make him world-famous and hasten his retreat into the hills of New Hampshire.
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