By David Shields, Shane Salerno
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
THE BOY WHO turned A insurgent. THE insurgent WHO turned A SOLDIER. THE SOLDIER WHO grew to become AN ICON. THE ICON WHO DISAPPEARED.
Raised in Park street privilege, J. D. Salinger sought out wrestle, surviving 5 bloody battles of global struggle 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 some of the most elusive figures in American historical past. all the makes an attempt to discover the reality approximately why he disappeared were undermined via a scarcity of entry and the recycling of faulty details. during a nine-year research, and particularly within the 3 years due to the fact Salinger’s dying, David Shields and Shane Salerno have interviewed greater than two hundred humans on 5 continents (many of whom had formerly refused to head at the list) to resolve the secret of what occurred to Salinger.
Constructed like a mystery, this oral biography takes you into Salinger’s deepest international for the 1st time, throughout the voices of these closest to him: his international struggle II brothers-in-arms, his kinfolk, his neighbors, his fanatics, 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 circle of relatives. Their intimate memories are supported via greater than a hundred seventy five pictures (many by no means noticeable 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 Nineteen Forties to 2008, revealing his intimate perspectives on love, literature, status, faith, conflict, and loss of life, and delivering a uncooked and revelatory self-portrait.
Salinger released his final tale in 1965 yet saved writing consistently till his dying, locked for years inside of a bunker within the woods, compiling manuscripts and submitting them in a mystery vault. was once he a genius who left the cloth international to target developing immaculate artwork or a haunted recluse, misplaced in his deepest obsessions? Why did this author, celebrated through the area, cease publishing? Shields and Salerno’s research into Salinger’s epic lifestyles transports you from the bloody shores of Normandy, the place Salinger landed lower than hearth, wearing the 1st six chapters of The Catcher within the Rye . . . to the most popular nightclub on the planet, the Stork membership, the place he romanced the attractive 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 possible Gestapo agent whom he married and taken domestic to his Jewish mom and dad’ Park road condominium and images of whom look right here for the 1st time . . . from the pages of the New Yorker, the place he came upon his voice through remodeling the injuries of conflict into the bow of paintings . . . to the woods of recent Hampshire, the place the Vedanta faith took over his lifestyles and compelled his flesh-and-blood kinfolk to compete together with his imaginary Glass family.
Deepening our knowing of an incredible literary and cultural determine, and packed with many desirable revelations— together with the beginning disorder that used to be the genuine cause Salinger used to be at the start became down for army carrier; the formerly unknown romantic curiosity who used to be fourteen while Salinger met her and, he acknowledged, encouraged the name personality of “For Esmé—with Love and Squalor”; the 1st images ever noticeable of Salinger at warfare and the final identified pictures of him alive; never-before-published love letters that Salinger, at fifty-three, wrote to an eighteen-year-old Joyce Maynard; and, eventually, what thousands were ready a long time for: the contents of his mythical vault—Salinger is a huge booklet concerning the price of battle and the price of paintings.