By David Shields, Shane Salerno
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
THE BOY WHO turned A insurgent. THE insurgent WHO grew to become A SOLDIER. THE SOLDIER WHO grew to become AN ICON. THE ICON WHO DISAPPEARED.
Raised in Park road privilege, J. D. Salinger sought out strive against, surviving 5 bloody battles of worldwide conflict II, and out of that crucible he created a singular, The Catcher within the Rye, which journeyed deep into his personal melancholy and redefined postwar America.
For greater than fifty years, Salinger has been the most elusive figures in American background. all the makes an attempt to discover the reality approximately why he disappeared were undermined by means of an absence of entry and the recycling of misguided details. during a nine-year research, and particularly within the 3 years on the grounds that Salinger’s loss of life, David Shields and Shane Salerno have interviewed greater than 2 hundred humans on 5 continents (many of whom had formerly refused to head at the checklist) to unravel the secret of what occurred to Salinger.
Constructed like a mystery, this oral biography takes you into Salinger’s inner most international for the 1st time, in the course of the voices of these closest to him: his international battle II brothers-in-arms, his relatives, his associates, his enthusiasts, his classmates, his editors, his New Yorker colleagues, his religious advisors, and folks with whom he had relationships that have been mystery even to his family. Their intimate reminiscences are supported through greater than a hundred seventy five images (many by no means visible before), diaries, felony files, and personal files which are woven all through; moreover, showing the following for the 1st time, are Salinger’s “lost letters”—ranging from the Forties to 2008, revealing his intimate perspectives on love, literature, popularity, faith, warfare, and demise, and supplying a uncooked and revelatory self-portrait.
Salinger released his final tale in 1965 yet saved writing regularly until eventually his demise, locked for years within a bunker within the woods, compiling manuscripts and submitting them in a mystery vault. was once he a genius who left the fabric international to target developing immaculate paintings or a haunted recluse, misplaced in his inner most obsessions? Why did this author, celebrated via the realm, cease publishing? Shields and Salerno’s research into Salinger’s epic existence transports you from the bloody shorelines of Normandy, the place Salinger landed lower than hearth, sporting the 1st six chapters of The Catcher within the Rye . . . to the most well liked nightclub on the planet, the Stork membership, the place he romanced the gorgeous sixteen-year-old Oona O’Neill until eventually she met Charlie Chaplin . . . from his top-secret counterintelligence tasks, which took him to a subcamp of Dachau . . . to a love affair with a probable Gestapo agent whom he married and taken domestic to his Jewish mom and dad’ Park street condominium and images of whom seem the following for the 1st time . . . from the pages of the New Yorker, the place he came across his voice by way of reworking the injuries of warfare into the bow of artwork . . . to the woods of latest Hampshire, the place the Vedanta faith took over his existence and compelled his flesh-and-blood relatives to compete along with his imaginary Glass family.
Deepening our realizing of an important literary and cultural determine, and packed with many desirable revelations— together with the start illness that was once the genuine cause Salinger was once at first grew to become down for army provider; the formerly unknown romantic curiosity who used to be fourteen whilst Salinger met her and, he acknowledged, encouraged the identify personality of “For Esmé—with Love and Squalor”; the 1st pictures ever noticeable of Salinger at warfare and the final recognized pictures of him alive; never-before-published love letters that Salinger, at fifty-three, wrote to an eighteen-year-old Joyce Maynard; and, ultimately, what thousands were ready a long time for: the contents of his mythical vault—Salinger is a huge e-book in regards to the price of battle and the price of artwork.