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J.D. Salinger dies at 91

J.D. Salinger, author of The Catcher in the Rye and Franny and Zooey, has died at age 91 in his New Hampshire home. According to The New York Times, the author died of natural causes:

“Despite having broken his hip in May,” [his literary representative, Harold Ober Associates] said, “his health had been excellent until a rather sudden decline after the new year. He was not in any pain before or at the time of his death.”

The CBC offers further details on the famously reclusive author:

Salinger guarded his copyright and the integrity of his artistic output as fiercely as he guarded his privacy. He rejected numerous offers to adapt The Catcher in the Rye for the screen. And his lawyers blocked a screening of the film Pari, by Iranian director Dariush Mehrjui and loosely adapted from Franny and Zooey, at the Lincoln Center in 1998.

Salinger, who took part in the Battle of Normandy during the Second World War, leaves behind his daughter Margaret, his son Matthew, and his wife, Colleen O’Neill.

  • Heather
  • p.a. jesseson

    he was a spiritual brother who showed me, and so many others in those drear days of the fifties especially, that we were not crazy, not “off”, not alone. his books continued to provide comfort against the increasing inhumanity of contemporary life, and his fictional families became extended families, even if only of the imagination, for many of us. somehow, his characters became poets of what we could barely realise ourselves, and the tongues they spoke in articulated what needed to be said to perfection. Good night, Buddy. I’ll miss you.

  • angel guerra

    Not once did he stop by for a chat with Alan Gregg or Charlie Rose. It was for this and other small blessings that made him a writer worth admiring. He was willing to leave the big stuff to the likes of Yann Martel and Angelica Joile.

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