From the New York Times, “The Young Salinger, Mordant Yet Hopeful”:
He ended the letter by asking for her reaction to “the first Holden story,” which he said was called “Slight Rebellion Off Madison,” and signing, simply, “Jerry S.”
My favorite part:
One piece, titled “Harry Jesus,” comes “straight from the belly,” he says.
“It will doubtless tear the country’s heart out,” Salinger writes, “and return the thing a new and far richer organ.”
A collection of Salinger’s letters have been acquired by the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City.
For more on Salinger’s early Holden stories, The Real Holden Caulfield ebook is free for download at Fiction Advocate until the end of April.
From Dead Caulfields:
It might surprise some that Salinger’s best-loved book was The Landsmen by Peter Martin. Published in 1952 by Little, Brown, The Landsmen is described as a novel of Jewish-American roots set in a small village in Tsarist Russia at the end of the nineteenth century.
Image is a note Salinger left in a copy of The Landsmen he lent to his cable guy.
Read more about it at Dead Caulfields.
TODAY IS THE 61ST ANNIVERSARY of J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye – and the first anniversary of ”The Real Holden Caulfield.”
This year “The Real Holden Caulfield” is available in every electronic format you can possibly think of. Do you have a Kindle? We have a MOBI file. Do you have a Nook? We have EPUB. Do you have a slab of mud with a USB port? We can probably accommodate that.
If you purchase “The Real Holden Caulfield” now, we’ll send you every format under the sun. In fact, if you purchase any book from the Fiction Advocate Store today, we’ll send you “The Real Holden Caulfield” for free. If you’ve already purchased it and you’d like a format other than PDF, write to us at fictionadvocate AT gmail DOT com and we’ll hook you up.
You can read short excerpts of “The Real Holden Caulfield” on some of our favorite blogs: The Awl, The Rumpus, and Berfrois. Then you can download the full version for $1.99.
“Orphaned high-school wunderkind Peter Parker made his first appearance in print about a decade after the publication of “The Catcher in the Rye,” at the very height of J.D. Salinger’s fame and influence. Solitary, haunted by guilt and sworn to defend the weak, Peter is a virtual clone of Salinger’s Holden Caulfield, albeit with a fantasy alter ego Holden lacks.”
“Spider-Man and Holden Caulfield: A secret history” by Andrew O’Hehir
Go see The Amazing Spider-Man, then read “The Real Holden Caulfield” to decide for yourself.
THE REAL HOLDEN CAULFIED is a short e-book published to mark the 60th anniversary of The Catcher in the Rye on July 16, 2011.
The book has been excerpted at The Awl (Holden Caulfield’s early stories), The Rumpus (standard reactions to Holden Caulfield) and Berfrois (the challenges of publishing, censoring and translating Holden), and mentioned on Andrew Sullivan’s Daily Dish, Bookslut, 3 Quarks Daily and (even) Reader’s Digest.
You can read the whole book on your computer or e-reader for just $1.99 through PayPal.
And it’s for a good cause — in tribute to Seymour Glass, Sergeant X, Babe Gladwaller and Salinger himself, who was hospitalized for “Battle Fatigue” — or PTSD — after World War II, half of the proceeds from sales of “The Real Holden Caulfield will be donated to The Wounded Warrior Project.
“Who knows what Holden Caulfield would think of this charger, but surely he’d have something biting and sarcastic to say. Still, I love the book and I love this charger’s versatility.”
Etsy.com page for the Catcher in the Rye Book Charging Dock for iPhone and iPod
A potentially useful adaptation for hardbacks in the age of the e-book. Use a copy of “The Catcher in the Rye” to charge your iPhone so you can download “The Real Holden Caulfield.”
Get the charging dock here.
“I liked it very much indeed, more than anything for a long time.”
Samuel Beckett on “The Catcher in the Rye”
The Letters of Samuel Beckett, Vol 2