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J.D. Salinger, 1919-2010 - F. Brett Cox

Jan. 29th, 2010

12:39 pm - J.D. Salinger, 1919-2010

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Date:January 29th, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC)


Brett, I appreciate what you found in Salinger's work and concur with nearly all of the conclusions that I understand (meaning I have not read the "other" four books). He seemed to me to be the first to give a fearless, honest voice to the purgatory that is adolescence. I think one of the great mysteries will be whether he wrote for himself or whomever during the past decades. I have to ask you this: Is it possible that his stature is due at least in part to his overt reclusiveness, like an artist who dies at his or her peak, a la Morrison or Dean? Does the fact that he leaves us wanting for more imbue what we have with unfairly emotional value? Just asking? BTW, thank you for sending me to the dictionary with "orgone."--Lee Hinnant
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Date:January 29th, 2010 11:15 pm (UTC)

Re: Salinger

Hi, Lee--I think Salinger's reclusiveness inevitably added to his fame. Whether it affects anyone's individual response to his work is an open question. Maybe in some ways it's easier to feel devotion to someone you don't know a lot about.
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