April 25, 2010 |
Holden Caulfield was a flâneur . That's not generally how we think of him, this archetype of adolescent alienation, this detester of phonies, this poor little lost boy whose voice — by turns knowing, childlike, cynical and bereft — drives J.D. Salinger's iconic 1951 novel, "The Catcher in the Rye." Yet, from the moment, about a quarter of the way through the book, he arrives by train at Manhattan's now-demolished original Pennsylvania Station building, he is our guide on one of the 20th century's great literary walking tours.
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January 29, 2010
Excerpts Here is the opening of J.D. Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye," narrated by Holden Caulfield, a tormented prep-school flunk-out who is headed for mental collapse. If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.
July 5, 2009 |
Antihero: Someone who rejects conventional morality, suffers from indecision, lacks qualities, is weak, epitomizes human frailty. Looks a lot like me. Is dead. I've been working on a short novel, more or less autobiographical, in which the fictional me is something of an antihero.
June 25, 2009 |
J.D. Salinger, as you may have read over the last few weeks, is inveighing against "phonies" yet again. Fifty-eight years since the publication of "The Catcher in the Rye" -- indeed, 44 years since he published anything -- the famously reclusive and litigious author, now 90, recovering from hip surgery and totally deaf, has taken legal action to stop the U.S. publication of a Swedish novel called "Sixty Years Later: Coming Through Rye."
June 16, 2009 |
An author being sued by J.D. Salinger for copyright infringement asked a judge Monday to let his book be published. Attorneys for Fredrik Colting, who writes under the name John David California, submitted a 33-page "defendants' memorandum" in federal court in Manhattan, arguing that his novel "60 Years Later" is a legally protected commentary and parody of "The Catcher in the Rye," and not an unauthorized sequel, as Salinger has alleged. Colting's novel tells of a "Mr. C," presumed to be Holden Caulfield as an old man, and of an author named "J.D.
May 14, 2006
REGARDING "And We're Off" [April 30]: After reading Rosemary McClure's article and seeing that magnificent and positively adorable shot of Smarty Jones "smiling," one would have to agree that "a horse is at least human" -- Holden Caulfield's remark from "The Catcher in the Rye." CHRISTINE GRON Newhall