More JD Salinger . And Less

26 Jun

Those reclusive figures who have chosen to forgo the trappings and burdens of celebrity and fame have naturally, become attractive as subjects of narrative scrutiny. The famously hermetic author of The Catcher in the Rye, J.D Salinger qualifies as one of such people. And it is likely that such scrutiny will increase exponentially, as the Salinger estate has announced plans to publish works long lying fallow in his papers

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Last year found David Shields and Shane Salerno offering a full bodied biography, Salinger (Simon & Schuster)

Salinger by David Shields and

Salinger by David Shields and Shane Salerno and

And a movie, Salinger

Salinger directed  by Shane Salerno

Salinger directed by Shane Salerno

Former Manhattan literary bon vivant (he founded the late lamented Open City) turned Tulane University mentor, Thomas Beller has his own offering for the Salinger bibliography, J.D. Salinger:The Escape Artist (New Harvest [which I should point out, is an Amazon publishing imprint]). As I have frequently noted I have a preference for concise biographies—more like essays, written by thoughtful and knowledgeable writers. And as Beller’s tome is 181 pages as opposed to the Shield’s 700 plus pages opus— I am more inclined to The Escape Artist especially as the film vividly covers a lot of the germane material about Salinger.

J.D. Salinger by Thomas Beller

J.D. Salinger by Thomas Beller

Currently reading California by Edan Lepucki(Little Brown)

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