Skip to content

Salinger

By David Shields, 1956- author

Based on eight years of exhaustive research and exclusive interviews with more than 200 people—and published in coordination with the international theatrical release of a major documentary film from the Weinstein Company—Salinger is a global cultural event: the definitive biography of one of the most beloved and mysterious figures of the twentieth century.

For more than fifty years, the ever elusive author of The Catcher in the Rye has been the subject of a relentless stream of newspaper and magazine articles as well as several biographies. Yet all of these attempts have been hampered by a fundamental lack of access and by the persistent recycling of inaccurate information. Salinger remains, astonishingly, an enigma. The complex and contradictory human being behind the myth has never been revealed.

No longer.

In the eight years since Salinger was begun, and especially in the three years since Salinger’s death, the authors interviewed on five continents more than 200 people, many of whom had previously refused to go on the record about their relationship with Salinger. This oral biography offers direct eyewitness accounts from Salinger’s World War II brothers-in-arms, his family members, his close friends, his lovers, his classmates, his neighbors, his editors, his publishers, his New Yorker colleagues, and people with whom he had relationships that were secret even to his own family. Shields and Salerno illuminate most brightly the last fifty-six years of Salinger’s life: a period that, until now, had remained completely dark to biographers. Provided unprecedented access to never-before-published photographs (more than 100 throughout the book), diaries, letters, legal records, and secret documents, readers will feel they have, for the first time, gotten beyond Salinger’s meticulously built-up wall. The result is the definitive portrait of one of the most fascinating figures of the twentieth century.

Format

Book

Availability

3 available at Main (Downtown)
  • B Salinger, Biography
  • B Salinger, Biography
  • B Salinger, Biography

Publish Date

2013

ISBN

9781476744834


Format: Book
Author: Shields, David, 1956- author
Summary: The icon who disappeared. Raised in Park Avenue privilege, J. D. Salinger sought out combat, surviving five bloody battles of World War II and the liberation of a death camp, and out of that crucible he created a novel, The Catcher in the Rye, which journeyed deep into his own despair and redefined postwar America. For more than fifty years, Salinger has been one of the most elusive figures in American history. All of the attempts to uncover the truth about why he disappeared have been undermined by a lack of access and the recycling of inaccurate information. In the course of a nine-year investigation, and especially in the three years since Salinger's death, David Shields and Shane Salerno have interviewed more than 200 people on five continents (many of whom had previously refused to go on the record) to solve the mystery of what happened to Salinger.--From publisher description.
Title: Salinger / David Shields, Shane Salerno.
Publisher Date: New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, 2013.
Subject: Salinger, J. D. (Jerome David), 1919-2010. Authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography World War, 1939-1945 -- Veterans -- Biography.
Isbn: 9781476744834 1476744831
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 4
System Items Total: 7
Call Number: B Salinger
Oclc: 827262667
Upc:
Bib Id: 453217

Format: Book
Author: Shields, David, 1956- author.
Summary: The icon who disappeared. Raised in Park Avenue privilege, J. D. Salinger sought out combat, surviving five bloody battles of World War II and the liberation of a death camp, and out of that crucible he created a novel, The Catcher in the Rye, which journeyed deep into his own despair and redefined postwar America. For more than fifty years, Salinger has been one of the most elusive figures in American history. All of the attempts to uncover the truth about why he disappeared have been undermined by a lack of access and the recycling of inaccurate information. In the course of a nine-year investigation, and especially in the three years since Salinger's death, David Shields and Shane Salerno have interviewed more than 200 people on five continents (many of whom had previously refused to go on the record) to solve the mystery of what happened to Salinger.--From publisher description.
Title: Salinger / David Shields, Shane Salerno.
Edition: Firstt Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Publisher, Date: New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, 2013.
Description: xvii, 698 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Subjects: Salinger, J. D. (Jerome David), 1919-2010.
Subjects: Authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography
Subjects: World War, 1939-1945 -- Veterans -- Biography.
Other Author: Salerno, Shane author.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (pages [609]-683).
Contents: Brahmacharya = Apprenticeship. We're going to start the war from right here ; Slight rebellion off Park Avenue ; Conversation with Salinger #1 ; Six-feet-two of muscle and typewriter ribbon in a foxhole ; Conversation with Salinger #2 ; Inverted forest ; Conversation with Salinger #3 ; Dead men in winter ; Still burning ; Victim and perpetrator ; Measuring up ; Conversation with Salinger #4 ; The origin of Esmé ; Is the kid in this book crazy? ; We can still run away ; Conversation with Salinger #5 ; Follow the bullet : Nine stories ; Conversation with Salinger #6 -- Garhasthya = Householder duties. His long dark night ; A terrible, terrible fall ; Conversation with Salinger #7 ; Conversation with Salinger #8 -- Vanaprasthya = Withdrawal from society. Seymour's second suicide ; Conversation with Salinger #9 ; Dear Miss Maynard ; Dear Mr. Salinger ; Conversation with Salinger #10 ; Conversation with Salinger #11 ; Conversation with Salinger #12 ; Assassins -- Sannyasa = Renunciation of the world. A private citizen ; A million miles away in his tower ; Jerome David Salinger : a conclusion ; Secrets -- Fiction in chronological order of publication -- Lost stories, uncollected stories, and published letters -- The Glass family.
ISBN: 9781476744834
ISBN: 1476744831
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 4
Total Copies: 7
Call Number: B Salinger