A New and Far Richer Organ

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.

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