J.D. Salinger

Thursday, January 28, 2010

"Someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It's a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn't education. It's history. It's poetry."

Catcher in The Rye, 1951

J.D. Salinger Died Today, at the age of 91. He hasn't published anything and has been living as a hermit since 1965, but apparently (and not surprisingly) has written quite a bit since then. We'll have to wait and see what his family decides to do with the unpublished works.

I think it's sad that he lived as a hermit, but he must have like life better alone. He wrote a series of stories and novels about the fictional Glass family and now seems as good a time as ever to read them (so far I've just read Franny and Zooey). I really love the idea of devoting almost an entire career to one family of fictional characters. Imagine how well he knew them.

images: {1} boston.com {2} culturazzi


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