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The icon who disappeared. Raised in Park Avenue privilege, J. D. Salinger sought out combat, surviving five bloody battles of World War II and the liberation of a death camp, and out of that crucible he created a novel, The Catcher in the Rye, which journeyed deep into his own despair and redefined postwar America. For more than fifty years, Salinger has been one of the most elusive figures in American history. All of the attempts to uncover the truth about why he disappeared have been undermined by a lack of access and the recycling of inaccurate information. In the course of a nine-year investigation, and especially in the three years since Salinger's death, David Shields and Shane Salerno have interviewed more than 200 people on five continents (many of whom had previously refused to go on the record) to solve the mystery of what happened to Salinger.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2013
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476744834
Call Number: B Sa333sh
Characteristics: xvii, 698 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Salerno, Shane - Author


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Jan 23, 2017

What a novel way to present biographical material; not the normal style for a work of this nature. Despite having written in a 'National Enquirer' style, Shields and Salerno somehow managed to keep this reader plowing on through their almost 600 pages. The many photos helped, I suppose.
There were more than a few dull, uninspired moments. Upon reaching page 575, I’d had enough, so I skipped the authors’ end notes.
Salinger, as a writer... a genius; Salinger the man... a strange piece of work. Charles McGrath’s quotation on page 554 sums up Salinger for me: “Depending on one’s point of view, he was either a crackpot or the American Tolstoy...” Perhaps J.D. Salinger was both.


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