J.D. Salinger Letters & Tributes

By Maryann Yin Comment

The University of East Anglia announced this week that 50 personal letters and four postcards  exchanged between J.D. Salinger and friend Donald Hartog were donated to the school. The letters reveal that Salinger preferred Burger King, enjoyed Niagara Falls, and admired tennis player Tim Henman.

One year ago, readers around the world mourned the death of the novelist. The reclusive author published four highly influential titles: The Catcher in the Rye (1951), Nine Stories (1953), Franny and Zooey (1961), and Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction (1963).

Below, we’ve collected GalleyCat posts about the influential novelist. Share your memories of the novelist at the #salinger hashtag.

An entrepreneurial eBay seller claimed to have Salinger’s toilet in possession and listed it up for auction.

A signed, first-edition, copy of Catcher in the Rye was auctioned off to benefit the Cure for Cancers charity.

Two Salinger biographies were announced in 2010. Author Kenneth Slawenski published Salinger: A Life this week. Hollywood director Shane Salerno is planning to release an 800-page book and a documentary.

When actress Brigette Bardot expressed a desire to buy the film rights to Salinger’s short story, A Perfect Day for Bananafish, Salinger reacted positively. According to a note that was up for auction, Salinger told filmmaker Hubert Cornfield that, “I see my novel [Catcher in the Rye] as a novel and only as a novel.”

The J.D. Salinger estate reached a settlement with Fredrik Colting, the author behind 60 Years Later–Coming Through the Rye.