For more than 50 years, Jerome David Salinger has been one of the most elusive figures in American history. All attempts to capture the man who brought Holden Caulfield into the hearts of millions have been hampered by a fundamental lack of access and by the persistent recycling of inaccurate information. Astonishingly, Salinger remains an enigma. But no longer. In the nine years it took for Salinger (Simon & Schuster, $37.50) to reach completion, Shane Salerno and David Shields interviewed more than 200 people on five continents, many of whom had previously refused to go on-the-record about their relationship with the complex and contradictory author, including his World War II brothers-in-arms, his family members, his close friends, his lovers, his classmates, his neighbors, his editors, his publishers, his New Yorker colleagues, his spiritual advisors, and people with whom he had relationships that were secret even to his own family. With excerpts from over 100 private letters and 175 photos—many never seen before—Salerno and Shields now offer readers an extraordinarily deep and persuasive look into the life and mind of a major literary and cultural figure.
December 13, 2013