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One of the most popular and mysterious figures in American literary history author of the classic Catcher in the Rye J D Salinger eluded fans and journalists for most of his life Now comes a new biography that Peter Ackroyd in The Times of London calls “energetic and magnificently researched” a book from which “a true picture of Salinger emerges” Filled with new information and revelations garnered from countless interviews letters and public records J D Salinger presents an extraordinary life that spanned nearly the entire twentieth centuryKenneth Slawenski explores Salinger’s privileged youth I didn t have the heart to give it one star but had I the gumption I would have For a moment I ll set aside the irony that a Salingerphile who goes to great lengths to assert the author s privacy obsession wrote a biography about him and focus on why Random House gave a book deal to a guy who simply operates a website about Salinger Perhaps they are finally operating under the concept of their namesake randomNot that I think all scholars and biographers need to be professors or writers themselves but seriously Slawenski operates a corny looking fansite called DeadCaulfields of all things and doesn t have any other noteworthy criteria met to suggest he is the authority on the subjectThe writing makes me feel like I am in a History class with an octogenarian professor lecturing through cotton balls It s dry and painfully tedious I did learn a bit about Salinger who is certainly one of my favorite authors What I garnered most from this book was Salinger s publication history and the plot summaries analyses blah of unpublished worksWhat bothers me are the long winded presumptuous passages for instance we don t have a lot of information that describes Salinger s role in WWII so Slawenski goes into a hefty diatribe with evidence from neighboring sources that may have been close to Salinger in battles to suggest what the writer himself was going through Slawenski takes so many liberties with describing Salinger s place in the war that I forgot I was reading a bio of an author rather than a war accountAside from that while Slawenski does provide some insights into analyzing Salinger s literature I can t align myself with a lot of what Slawenski suggests There are some points of his analyses where I thought he was so off that I stopped reading to complain about it to random local coffeeshop denizens who had the misfortune of sitting near mePoor JD even one of his most obsessive fans can t respect his anonymity But Hell what am I saying Bring on the posthumous collections El Gaucho Martín FierroLa vuelta de Martín Fierro garnered from countless interviews letters and public records J D Salinger presents an extraordinary life that spanned nearly the entire twentieth centuryKenneth Slawenski explores Salinger’s privileged youth I didn t have the heart to Fragonard Art and Eroticism give it one star but had I the Mao Zedong gumption I would have For a moment I ll set aside the irony that a Salingerphile who The Monarchs Are Missing goes to Touchstone great lengths to assert the author s privacy obsession wrote a biography about him and focus on why Random House Chocolate Candy Always Melts In The Sun Poems AboutLove betrayal anger struggle and understanding gave a book deal to a Love is Blind guy who simply operates a website about Salinger Perhaps they are finally operating under the concept of their namesake randomNot that I think all scholars and biographers need to be professors or writers themselves but seriously Slawenski operates a corny looking fansite called DeadCaulfields of all things and doesn t have any other noteworthy criteria met to suggest he is the authority on the subjectThe writing makes me feel like I am in a History class with an octogenarian professor lecturing through cotton balls It s dry and painfully tedious I did learn a bit about Salinger who is certainly one of my favorite authors What I Straight To Sleep Gay Somnophilia garnered most from this book was Salinger s publication history and the plot summaries analyses blah of unpublished worksWhat bothers me are the long winded presumptuous passages for instance we don t have a lot of information that describes Salinger s role in WWII so Slawenski Sea Witch Rising Sea Witch goes into a hefty diatribe with evidence from neighboring sources that may have been close to Salinger in battles to suggest what the writer himself was

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Long obscured by misrepresentation and rumor revealing the brilliant sarcastic vulnerable son of a disapproving father and doting mother and his entrance into a social world where Gloria Vanderbilt dismissively referred to him as “a Jewish boy from New York” Here too are accounts of Salinger’s first broken heart Eugene O’Neill’s daughter Oona left him for the much older Charlie Chaplin and the devastating World War II service “a living hell” of which he never spoke and which haunted him foreverJ D Salinger features all the dazzle of this author’s early writing successes his dramatic encou The material on Salinger s war experiences is the most interesting but I don t recommend this biography I think Slawenski s approach to Salinger is for the most part deferential Yet he doesn t deal in a straighforward way with the seeming contradiction of his writing this piece that no matter how deferential one could be Salinger disapproved of any biographer writing about him and was openly hostile toward those who wanted to write about him in newspapers magazines and elsewhere Slawenski has long kept a blog about Salinger yet if he has learned anything about Salinger s writing since the author stopped publishing you won t find it in this biography I must admit I bought this book in the hope of learning a little bit about the author s work over the last 45 plus years I was pretty disappointed not to learn much of anything about it

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Nters with luminaries from Ernest Hemingway to Laurence Olivier to Elia Kazan his surprising office intrigues with famous New Yorker editors and writers and the stunning triumph of The Catcher in the Rye which would both make him world famous and hasten his retreat into the hills of New HampshireWhether it’s revealing the facts of his hasty short lived first marriage or his lifelong commitment to Eastern religion which would dictate his attitudes toward sex nutrition solitude and creativity J D Salinger is this uniue author’s unforgettable story in full one that no lover of literature can afford to mi It would be a better biography if the writer did not focus on the struggles between Salinger and publishers and publishing companies too much His analyses on the works of Salinger also take place and time in this book than the life of Salinger Considering the personality of Salinger it is surely understandable Aside from that Slawenski has great respect for the author and does not offer us cheap tricks about Salinger s life I am glad to have found out about his early life years in the army his career as a writer his heartbreaks and disappointments How Salinger reflects his sense of mysticism and affection for the loved ones on his works will always amaze me


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  1. says:

    I didn't have the heart to give it one star; but had I the gumption I would have For a moment I'll set aside the irony that a Salingerphile who goes to great lengths to assert the author's privacy obsession wrote a biography about him and focus on why Random House gave a book deal to a guy who simply operates a website about Saling

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    J D SALINGER by Kenneth Slawenski I grew very impatient with this biography of the famously reclusive Salinger First it is nearly a hagiography being way too worshipful of its subject Was Salinger really “a prophet” Too often Slawenski is guilty of embarrassing hyperbole For instance in recounting Salinger’s re design of the c

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    If you really want to hear about it the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I bought the book and how long I took to read it and all that David Copperfield kind of crap but I don't feel like going into it if you want to know the truth In the first place that stuff bores me and in the second place the author would have about two hemorrhages if I told anything pretty personal about himI had no idea that old Jerome was there at

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    The material on Salinger's war experiences is the most interesting but I don't recommend this biography I think Slawenski's approach to Salinger is for the most part deferential Yet he doesn't deal in a straighforward way with the seeming contradiction of his writing this piece that no matter how deferential one could be Salinger disapproved of any biographer writing about him and was openly hostile toward those who want

  5. says:

    Admirable scholarship This may turn out to be THE definitive volume on the life and works of JD Salinger The level of detail is only suitable for serious fans Casual readers will not stick it Had I tried to read it in print I doubt I would have finished it From one hermit to another JD I forgive you for going int

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    Where to begin I am never at a loss for words but in this second I am Hm Because I have been captivated by Jerome David Salinger my whole life of course finding him during my own adolescence reading this book was akin to getting my hands on the psychological crown jewels of a mentor of mine I never met and only

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    It would be a better biography if the writer did not focus on the struggles between Salinger and publishers and

  8. says:

    A deferential fan's biography this answers any curiosity one might have about the reclusive writer's influences and motives for rejecting a public life Salinger had no brother no suicides in his family or intimate circle but he did

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    Was he a saint or a brilliant marketer That’s the uestion I am left with upon reading this intriguing life of the most reclusive celebrity author of recent timesSalinger’s output was sparse a collection of nine short stories his signature novel The Catcher in the Rye two novellas combined into a full length book Franny and Zooey another t

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    A well rounded respectful account of the famous short story writer yet mainly known for his only published novel this biography gives a clear eyed view of Salinger through his school years the war the progression of his career his eventual distancing from the public and the world of publishing and his many battles concerning his r

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