More To Come.........
Salinger is just one of many writers I've been meaning to read all my life, but never have. My son read "Catcher" a semester or two ago for school. Funny, none of the classics were assigned for me to read at any of the schools I attended. My education is sorely lacking. I will have to put him on my summer read list. Are his Post articles available anywhere?
A great loss indeed, but his books will be his legacy and kind of immortality. I loved Catcher in The Rye, which I was introduced to at school. It is one of the few books I 'had' to read at school that I readily devoured and actually bought for myself to keep and reread. The others were 'To Kill a Mockingbird' and 'Pride and Prejudice'.
His writing style and stories were truly original - unlike so much of the boring, unoriginal and flat stuff (IMHO) that is published in popular fiction these days.
Alas, while I acknowledge Salinger's talent and wish his family peace during this time, I could never get hooked on his work. Catcher put me off and that probably tainted my potential enjoyment of his other novels and stories.
I'm ashamed to say I never really appreciated him although 'Catcher in the Rye' is one of my favourite titles. Having read what you say I must try harder - it's never too late. RIP.
I loved Salinger -- I discovered him when I was in high school and re-read him annually. Thanks!
I read all of those and enjoyed every one of them. I wanted him to write another book!
He will truly be missed - not only in the literary world - but, by his friends and family.
I have to admit I have never read anything by Salinger. I believe many students of my era had to read "Catcher in the Rye" at school, but I was educated in England so we studied English literature, none of that American stuff!
This is such a lovely tribute to an author I never knew and now wished I had as I came from a farm family who never supported taking valuable time and reading, thus I've done it in the past ten yers and now I'm going to try to catch up on his books.
Thanks for the inspiration..
Dorothy from grammology
Yes, a great loss. Catcher in the rye is a true classic that we can come back to or relate to no matter what decade we are in. Timeless excellence this guy created.
Unfortunately, I've only read "Catcher In the Rye" and I was too young to appreciate it. Now you make me want to go back and see what The Glass Family was all about.
It's unfortunate Hollywood butchered Salinger's work causing him to lose faith in filmmakers. It's a real shame.
RIP, Mr. Salinger.
I love reading and if they made these into books maybe I will look for them sometime...
I'm a huge Salinger fan...really liked his work.
Thanks for your comment at my place re: Salinger. It caused me to think some more and will probably become the jumping off point for additional musings.
He certainly led a life that created a mythology which he didn't seek but happened because it was so unusual. Writers don't generally just stop writing and maybe he did not but he did stop publishing. I read one piece about him thinking that WWII was part of what led to his being so reclusive. Who knows and unless he left something to tell the story, we may never know.
Hiya Naomi, I have not come across Salinger until your extensive post about him and what an achievement and legacy.. may be rest in peace.
I read Catcher in the Rye and really loved it but have never read any of his other works. The strange bit of information I heard on the radio this week is Mark Chapman pulled it out of his pocket to read it immediately after he assasinated John Lennon. Nto sure why exactly. I also believe another couple of murderers of famous people did the same. Strange how words can be used by some. Great post, as always Naomi.
I have never read any of his books, but I have heard of Catcher in the Rye. Now I must read it!
I have been getting back into reading more lately. This one goes on my list!
RIP Mr. Salinger.
A fan here, learned much in your post. Love my prize. Will cherish it always. Thank you so very much.
There's a challenge for you on my post today - but only if you feel like it:)
Somehow I have missed reading Salinger. Don't know how I managed though all these years. Thanks to your lovely tribute, I now will put him on my reading list.
I wonder if the rumor about his 15 unpublished books locked in a vault somewhere is real? Wouldn't that be lovely.
I've never read any of his work, and really feel I should after your post here. If you enjoyed it so much I'm sure I would too. :)
I love to read but have never read of any his stuff.
I enjoyed this post because I needed an education and introduction to Salinger's work. I find him intriguing as a person. Funny, I think I've read more ABOUT authors lives more than their works. I am a fan of biographies and reading this I kept wondering how much the Glass Family might have been based on his own life.
I was struck by the picture of young Salinger and his likeness to my Father at that age. When I read that Salinger's mother was of Irish descent that explained it; Salinger had the long Irish face that both my Irish Father and Grandfather had.
Learning he had Irish blood in him helps me to understand his personality better.
My Father was a loner and never happier than when he was by himself reading a book. He read everything from biographies to "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare." This tough NY Detective could quote verbatim Heathcliff's prose to Cathy on the hills in "Wuthering Heights."
He was not a braggart; You would never know this from himself.
I think "Black-Irish" men are very sensitive men underneath, and that sensitivity comes out in their love of the english language.
Reading and writing can take many hours out of the day ,so a lot of them are loners.
Oh, my Father loved to be with the boys , but not all of the time.
Salinger was thought to be a recluse, but it turns out he went out and about in the town he lived. I think loner rather than recluse is a better word to describe JD Salinger.
You wrote a lovely tribute to him.
I just looked at the last comment I sent you and I see the word "english." English should be capitalized. Oops!
Also, in the contest from last week, my submission should have read "Who said I was a nice Jewish girl?" I didn't intentionally capitalize the G. I figured that you probably realized that was a mistake. I think I need new glasses.
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