Author and recluse Jerome David Salinger passed away at his home in Cornish, New Hampshire of natural causes on January 27, 2010 at the age of 91. He is survived by his two children. Daughter and author Margaret Salinger who wrote her childhood memoir Dream Catcher, and his son, an actor, Matthew Salinger who may be best known for his role as Captain America. Although for most of us he will be survived by what still remains a best seller since its publication in 1951, The Catcher in the Rye.
Along with his death, rumors have been circulating like wild fire; Did Salinger have a safe full of finished unpublished manuscripts? According to his neighbor Jerry Burt and Joyce Maynard, Salinger's mistress back in 1972, who also wrote the book, At Home in the World detailing their affair, the answer to that question would be yes.
Even if there are any unpublished manuscripts hidden in a safe somewhere they may never see the light of day. According to J.D. Salinger who told The New York Times back in 1974, "There is a marvelous peace in not publishing. Publishing is a terrible invasion of my privacy. I like to write. I love to write. But I write just for myself and my own pleasure."
Until the case of the mysterious safe is resolved one could still remember J.D. Salinger one story at a time with any of the following which have been linked for your reading pleasure: The Young Folks, Go See Eddie, The Hang of It, The Heart of a Broken Story, Elaine, This Sandwich Has No Mayonnaise, A Girl I Knew, or maybe his last know published work Hapworth 16, 1924. Please take note these are only some of his stories in no particular order. If you wish to see a more detailed list of his books and life in chronological order please go here. For those of you who prefer to hold a hard copy in your hands as you read you could check out several of his writings at the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library or go to barnesandnoble.com and purchase your own copy to enjoy as much and whenever you desire .