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J.D.  Salinger
Jerome David Salinger [1919-2010]

    original dust jacket for Salinger's "The Catcher In The Rye" [July 1951]              short profile

primary works

published stories

unpublished works

works about J.D. Salinger

movies, plays, other media

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             common portrait circa 1950 of author & recluse J.D. Salinger [1919-2010]

"I am a kind of paranoid in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy."

"I'm sick of just liking people. I wish to god I could meet somebody I could respect." – in "Franny & Zooey" [1961]

"I have scars on my hands from touching certain people."

"I like it when somebody gets excited about something. It's nice." – in "Catcher In The Rye" [1951]

— J.D. Salinger

“In American writing, there are three perfect books, which seem to speak to every reader and condition:
Huckleberry Finn, The Great Gatsby, and The Catcher In The Rye.”
— Adam Gopnik, in The New Yorker, February 2010

          B I O
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          h e r e
having last published in 1965 and interviewed in 1980

J.D. Salinger entry at Wikipedia
J.D. Salinger's credits [since 1949] at Internet Movie Database

Primary Works
http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/bios/j_d_salinger/search?contributorName=j d salinger
browse books at J.D. Salinger Store at Amazon

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short story "Slight Rebellion Off Madison" [The New Yorker Magazine on December 21, 1946]
set in Manhattan; about a disaffected teenager named Holden Caulfield with 'pre-war jitters'; accepted in December 1941,
delayed because of the war, finally published in 1946, later anthologized in "Wonderful Town" [2000]

short story "A Perfect Day For Bananafish" [The New Yorker Magazine on January 31, 1948]

short story "Uncle Wiggily In Connecticut" [The New Yorker Magazine on March 20, 1948]

short story "Just Before The War With The Eskimos" [The New Yorker Magazine on June 5, 1948]

short story "The Laughing Man" [The New Yorker Magazine on March 19, 1949]

short story "Down At The Dinghy" [Harper's Magazine April 1949]

short story "For Esmé - With Love and Squalor" [The New Yorker Magazine on April 8, 1950]

short story "Pretty Mouth and Green My Eyes" [The New Yorker Magazine on July 14, 1951]

short story "De Daumier-Smith's Blue Period" [Information World Review of U.K. in 1952]

short story "Teddy" [The New Yorker Magazine on January 31, 1953]

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  listed by Amazon Editors on '100 Young Adult Books to Read in a Lifetime' (9/2015)  BLUE CHECK: listed #52 on U.K. Telegraph Best 100 Novels (8/2014)  RED CHECK: listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Novels (10/2005)  GREEN CHECK: listed on Goodread Readers Picks '100 Books To Read In A Lifetime'  BLACK CHECK: listed on Amazon's '100 Books To Read In A Lifetime'  "The Catcher In The Rye" first novel [Little, Brown & Co. 16 July 1951]

student assignment trailer by Daniel Woods for imaginary movie of "Catcher In The Rye"
watch [7/2011 upload; 2:30] online at YouTube

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"Nine Stories" collection [Little, Brown & Co. 1 May 1953]
includes "A Perfect Day For Bananafish" (1948), "De Daumier-Smith's Blue Period" (1952), "Down At The Dinghy" (1949),
"For Esmé – With Love and Squalor" (1950), "Just Before The War With The Eskimos" (1948), "The Laughing Man" (1949),
"Pretty Mouth and Green My Eyes" (1951), "Teddy" (1953), and "Uncle Wiggily In Connecticut" (1948)

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"Franny and Zooey" [Little, Brown & Co. Fall 1961]
The short story "Franny" appeared in The New Yorker Magazine in 1955, and the novella "Zooey" appeared in
The New Yorker Magazine in 1957 • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franny_and_Zooey

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Two Novellas [1963]
"Raise High The Roof Beam, Carpenters: and "Seymour: An Introduction"

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In 1974, a renegade gang of Salinger fans located, transcribed, and bound together 21 of the author's published but uncollected works, creating
an illegal two-volume collection called "The Complete Uncollected Short Stories of J.D. Salinger". Salinger immediately threatened to sue.

Other Published Stories

first-published short story "The Young Folks" [Story Magazine March-April 1940]

"Go See Eddie" (1940 & 1969)

"The Heart of A Broken Story" (Esquire Magazine September 1941)

"The Hang of It" (1941 & 1942)

"The Long Debut of Lois Taggett" (1942 & 1949)

"Personal Notes of An Infantryman" (Collier's December 1942)

"The Varioni Brothers" [Saturday Evening Post July 17, 1943]

"Both Parties Concerned" (Saturday Evening Post February 26, 1944)

"Soft-Boiled Sergeant" (Saturday Evening Post 1944)

"Last Day of The Last Furlough" (Saturday Evening Post July 15, 1944) featuring Babe Gladwaller

"Once A Week Won't Kill You" (Story Magazine Nov-Dec 1944)

"Elaine" (1945)

"A Boy In France" (1945 & 1946 & 2010) featuring Babe Gladwaller

"This Sandwich Has No Mayonnaise" (1945 & 1958)

"The Stranger" (Collier's December 1, 1945) featuring Babe Gladwaller

"I'm Crazy" (Collier's December 22, 1945) featuring Holden Caulfield

"A Young Girl In 1941 With No Waist At All" (Mademoiselle May 1947)

novella "The Inverted Forest" (Cosmopolitan Magazine December 1947)

"A Girl I Knew" (1948 & 1949)

"Blue Melody" (Cosmopolitan September 1948)

"Hapworth 16, 1924" [The New Yorker Magazine on June 19, 1965]

Unpublished Works

stories written in 1941 and rejected by New Yorker Magazine
"Lunch For Three"
"I Went To School With Adolf Hitler"
"Monologue For A Watery Highball"

unpublished 1941 horror story "Mrs. Hincher"
rewritten as "Paula" and sold to Stag Magazine in 1942 but not published

unpublished 1942 story "The Last and Best of The Peter Pans"
rejected by The New Yorker, accepted by Story, withdrawn by Salinger

unpublished 1944 story "The Children's Echelon"

unpublished 1944 story "Two Lonely Men"

unpublished 1944 story "The Magic Foxhole"
rejected by The New Yorker • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Magic_Foxhole

unpublished 1946 story "A Male Goodbye" - written in Florida, manuscript is lost

unpublished 1946 story "Birthday Boy"

unpublished 1946 collection "The Young Folks"
deal negotiated by Story Press editor Whit Burnett with J.B. Lippincott; book to include ten previously-published stories
and ten that were unpublished; after agreeing to a $1,000 advance, Lippincott rejected the book

unpublished 1947 story "The Ocean Full of Bowling Balls"
accepted by Harper's Bazaar, withdrawn by Salinger

In late November 2013, scanned versions of three unpublished Salinger short stories were 'leaked' on the internet:
"Bowling Balls" (1947), "Paula" (1942), and "Birthday Boy" (1946).
"Three Stories by J.D. Salinger" online at imgur file-sharing site (11/2013)

Movies, Plays, Other Media
J.D. Salinger's credits [since 1949] at Internet Movie Database

"My Foolish Heart" [1949] (story "Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut") /tt0041672/

"Fragmento" [1984] (short) (novel) /tt0339026/

"Malena" [1993] (short) (story) /tt0774622/

"Pari" [1995] (novel "Franny and Zooey" / unauthorized adaptation) /tt0114092/

"The Catcher" [2001] (short) (original author) /tt2175939/

"Un Día Perfecto para el Pez Plátano" [2002] (short) (story) /tt0823244/

"Franny and Zooey" 20-minute short film [indep Dec 2008]
Co-adapted & directed by Emily Foley; co-adapted by Nathaniel Berens; starring Mckean Rand,
Elizabeth Randolph, Anne Rhoades & Jason Sudak • credits at IMDb

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Works  About  J.D. Salinger

"J.D. Salinger: The Man In The Glass House" [Esquire Magazine 1997] article by Ron Rosenbaum's
The definitive J.D. Salinger profile from his time as a recluse

"If You Really Want To Hear About It: Writers On J.D. Salinger and His Work" [6/2006]
Edited by Catherine Crawford http://www.amazon.com/dp/1560258802/

"J.D. Salinger: A Life" [2011] by Kenneth Slawenski
http://www.amazon.com/J-D-Salinger-A-Life/dp/0812982592/ + /1400069513/

"My Salinger Year" [Knopf 2012?] by Joanna Smith Rakoff
Announced 6/2012: Personal account of working at the agency that represented J.D. Salinger, and college-age Rakoff's bizarre relationship with him,
as she helped the reclusive novelist to guard his privacy in the face of an often-demanding fan-base; Bill Pohlad’s River Road Entertainment has optioned
the screen rights, with Emma Forrest assigned to write the script; update 2/2013: book has not been published, film is 'in development' • latest info at IMDb

Films  About  J.D. Salinger

"J.D. Salinger Doesn't Want To Talk" TV docufilm [BBC-TV March 1999]
Written & directed by Sarah Aspinall; featuring Greg Herriges, A.E. Hotchner, Joyce Maynard,
and archive footage of J.D. Salinger • credits at IMDb

"Chasing Holden" video [indep 2000]
Chasing Holden movie  Filmed in Montréal & Toronto in Canada and in New York City; the delinquent son of the governor is again trans-ferred to a new elite boarding school where he meets a pretty girl who is into shoplifting; the boy idolizes "Catcher In The Rye" and its author, and he panics when a professor assigns him to write an essay on what happens to Caul-field after the timeframe of the book. Directed by Malcolm Clarke; written by Sean Kanan; starring DJ Qualls, Rachel Blanchard, Colin Fox, Sean Kanan, Tom Rack, Michael Sinelnikoff, Ryan Massey, Gordon Masten, Matthew Smiley, Anik Matern, Steve Adams, Alvin Powell, with Alain Bougie {as J.D. Salinger}
LionsGate widescreen color DVD [7/2002] for $11.54
iNetVideo widescreen color DVD [2000] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDb

"Catching Salinger: The Search For The Reclusive Writer J.D. Salinger"
French title "L'Attrape-Salinger" [France TV movie 2007]
Catching Salinger (L'Attrape-Salinger) from French TV  A French author and admirer of Salinger travels to America to try to meet the reclusive man, a quest that is captured on film. {Seems to be a mix of spoken French & English and English subtitles.) Directed by Jean-Marie Périer; starring Frédéric Beigbeder and featuring Bruce Benderson, Marie Darrieussecq, Jay McInerney, Rick Moody, Eric Neuhoff, Nicolas Rey, Nicola Sirkis
Kultur Video 53-minute color DVD [7/2009] for $14.99
bare credits at IMDbofficial website with video in six parts

"Salinger" documentary feature [The Weinstein Company Sept 2013]
Salinger 2013 feature documentary  2-hour documentary with major actors & snippets of 150 others who knew or met Salinger
Co-produced, written & directed by Shane Salerno; featuring A. Scott Berg, John Cusack, Danny DeVito, E.L. Doctorow, Elizabeth Frank, John Guare, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Philip Seymour Hoffman, David Milch, Edward Norton, Margaret Salinger, Martin Sheen, Robert Towne, Gore Vidal & Tom Wolfe
Weinstein Co. color DVD [undated] pre-release order for $22.48 at Amazon
credits at IMDbofficial movie sitemovie entry at Wikipedia
watch 6/2013 official trailer [2:32] at YouTube

"Coming Through The Rye" [Eammon Films Oct 2016]  10/2016
Coming Through The Rye movie about finding J.D. Salinger  An oft-bullied boarding school student who identifies with Holden Caulfield survives a series of hazing episodes, then runs away to find the reclusive author J.D. Salinger and get his permission to adapt "The Catcher In The Rye" as a stageplay. Inspired by actual events in the life of writer-director Sadwith, the search becomes a journey of sexual awakening, love, and loss • Co-produced, written & directed by James Steven Sadwith; starring Alex Wolff, Stefania LaVie Owen, Chris Cooper {as Salinger}, Adrian Pasdar, Robert C. Treveiler, Kabby Borders, Eric Nelsen, Amy Parrish, Zephyr Benson, Tim Parati, Michael Siberry, Jacob Leinbach, Joshua Brady, Randall Newsome, Jacob Rhodes, Caleb Emery, Ed Squires, Lucia Scarano, Richard Fullerton, Joe Inscoe, Toni Ann Gambale, Melissa Lozoff, James Nevins, Jody Thompson, James McCool, Valerie Boyd, James Lorenzo, Michael Stanton Kennedy
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available
full credits at IMDbofficial movie sitemovie entry at Wikipedia
watch 9/2016 official trailer [2:04] at YouTube

"Rebel In The Rye" [Black Label Media 2017?]  4/2016
web image for 'Rebel In The Rye' J.D. Salinger biopic  Salinger biopic feature film set during World War II; booked for Sundance in January 2017; added 2/2017: North American distribution rights purchased by I.F.C. Films • Adapted & directed by Danny Strong, from the Kenneth Slawenski biography; starring Nicholas Hoult {as Salinger}, Zoey Deutch {as Oona O'Neill}, Sarah Paulson, Kevin Spacey, Victor Garber, Hope Davis, Tim Dougherty {as Truman Capote}, Lucy Boynton, Brian d'Arcy James, Caitlin Mehner
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available
full credits at IMDbofficial movie sitemovie entry at Wikipedia

Family  &  Friends  &  Lovers
Jerome David Salinger was born in New York City in 1919, moved to Cornish, New Hampshire in 1953, and died there at age 91 in 2010.

father Solomon Salinger [1887-?]
mother Marie Jillich 'Miriam' Salinger [1891-?] born in Atlantic, Iowa
sister Doris, born 1913

first wife Sylvia Welter Salinger of Germany [] - married 1945, divorced 1947

second wife Claire Douglas Salinger [] - married 1955, separated 1966, divorced 1967
daughter Margaret A. Salinger [b. 1955]
son Matt Salinger [b. 1960]

live-in girlfriend Joyce Maynard [b. 1953] www.JoyceMaynard.com - during 1971
wrote tell-all memoir "At Home In The World" [1998]

third wife Colleen O'Neil Salinger [] - married 1988, widowed 2010

editor, mentor & friend Whit Burnett [1900-72] - circa 1940-1946

longtime agent Dorothy Olding (McKeown) [1910-97] at Harold Ober Associates

L i n k s
J.D. Salinger entry at Wikipedia
J.D. Salinger's credits [since 1949] at Internet Movie Database
browse books at the J.D. Salinger Store at Amazon

SF's J.D. Salinger fansite
Sundeep's J.D. Salinger fansite

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