The Legacy Of J.D. Salınger

J.D. Salinger, who spent the better part of his adult life in self-imposed isolation, left behind four fascinating works of fiction.

‘The Catcher in the Rye’, ‘Nine Stories’, ‘Franny and Zooey’ and ‘Raise High the Roofbeam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction’... The fruit of American writer J.D. Salinger’s 91 years, these four books will suffice for us to remember him over and over again.

Born in New York City in 1919, Salinger lived as a recluse from 1965 until his death on January 27. In other words, he fulfilled the dream of Holden, protagonist of ‘The Catcher in the Rye’, who says,  “I thought what I’d do was, I’d pretend I was one of those deaf-mutes. That way I wouldn’t have to have any stupid useless conversations with anybody. If anybody wanted to tell me something, they’d have to write it on a piece of paper and shove it over to me. I’d build me a little cabin somewhere with the dough I made.”

“I like to write. I love to write. But I write just for myself and my own pleasure,” the writer once said. And write he did in his small farmhouse surrounded by barbed wire. Perhaps some unknown novel lies hidden even now in his desk drawer. While the literary world debates whether or not Salinger’s heirs are going to bring his writings to the light of day, let us appreciate the four we already have.

Born in the Manhattan borough of New York City on January 1
Joins the U.S. Army and takes part in the Normandy Invasion.
Moves from New York to New Hampshire and withdraws into isolation.
His book, ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ and a note inside the book, ‘This is my testimony’, are found on John Lennon’s assassin, Mark David Chapman, when he is apprehended.