An enigma wrapped in a mystery: What do you mean, who was J.D Salinger?
Jerome David Salinger, Author. Born 1 January, 1919, died at age ninety-one on 27 January 2010. Successful author and perennial contributor to The New Yorker magazine on the subject of cultural criticism.
His seminal work was Catcher in the Rye.
It is apparent from what has been written about what we did not know about him since his death that his relentless pursuit for privacy had been largely successful.
For many, myself included, it was the mystery of his silence, punctuated by occasional outpourings of brilliance that made him so interesting. For thirty years, the mystery of his life kept us waiting with baited breath.
Now, after being denied entrance to his private sanctum for so long, the questing for answers has begun.
Writers and readers alike are wondering what will be found. Perhaps reams of manuscripts filled with cultural criticism that will incite a millennium of debate. Perhaps Salinger left behind a trove of new Holden Caulfield's for them to discover, or maybe more tales of members of the Glass family.
Whatever comes, I am neither immune nor alone in the hope that other works will surface.
When that day comes, whether we shall be moved to gladness or sadness, I cannot say.
... but whatever it is, by Salinger we will be moved.
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