J.D. Salinger. In search of the unpublished books

J. D. Salinger died today in Cornish, New Hampshire, the town where he spent much of his private life. He was 91.

The author of Catcher in the Rye — published in 1951 — was a myth for several generations of young people, will always remain a symbol of rebellion, restlessness, for those about to cross the “shadow line” between childhood and adulthood. A myth fuelled thanks to its mysterious existence; all alone of secrecy, almost a legend, that his incredible confidentiality created around him. Very few indeed, over the decades, are the information on his writing. Over the last fifty years, in fact, the writer has granted very few interviews. But there is a sort of legend, put about by people close to his agent, the existence of a safe full of unpublished manuscripts which were to be published after his death. Pending solve this mystery, Salinger published works are all full of existential unease. An uneasiness that probably explains the excesses of Salinger confidentiality, that in the era of mass media assumes a value almost heroic. And indeed he, to defend it, do not hesitate to go to court, in the eighties, to prevent the publication of his biography. At judge he said to deal with fiction, and little else. Before returning to his voluntary exile.

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