As all book lovers around the world know by now J.D. Salinger who was famously against being famous (not a single Oprah visit!) died on Wednesday at the age of 91 at his home in Cornish, New Hampshire.
I stayed up late last night reading all the obits I could find and I wanted to share some of them with you.
The New York Times obitis great, very thorough – exactly what you would expect and want from the Times.
The Washington Post has the insider’s story on the Salinger book and publishing deal that got away.
David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker, where many of Salinger's stories appeared told the AP, "Everyone who works here and writes here at The New Yorker, even now, decades after his silence began, does so with a keen awareness of J.D. Salinger's voice."
Ironic words considering the magazine turned down "The Catcher in the Rye" and wrote to Salinger that, "...The precocity of the four Caulfield children was not believable, and that the writing was showoffy—that it seemed designed to display the author’s cleverness rather than to present the story."
NPR’s Morning Edition had an amazing story that kept me in my car this morning even after I arrived here. It's about a man from Wisconsin who, back in the 60’s, made the pilgrimage to Cornish with the high hopes of meeting the reclusive author.
As the story goes, the then 27-year old “presented himself at the building that served as the town's post office and general store. Krawczyk explained his mission to the man behind the counter. "My name's Jim Krawczyk, I'm from Wisconsin. I was wondering if you could tell me where J.D. Salinger lives." "You're never going to see him," was the answer. Even grocery deliveries, he was told, were conducted by leaving packages and picking up an envelope.'"
And another fun read comes from my friend Larry Hughes, book publicist and author of the blog Classics Rock! His blog is the best of both worlds: Music and Books – he writes about those popular songs based on, inspired by, or alluding to books, authors, or literary characters.