Biographers say they have uncovered the secret of what Salinger was working on in his long years as a literary recluseThe authors of a new JD Salinger biography claim they have cracked one of publishing’s greatest mysteries: what the author of The Catcher in the Rye was working on during the last half century of his life.A series of posthumous Salinger releases are planned after 2015, according to David Shields and Shane Salerno, whose book Salinger will be published on 3 September. The Associated Press obtained an early copy. Salerno’s documentary on the author is scheduled to come out 6 September.Providing by far the most detailed report of previously unreleased material, the book’s authors cite “two independent and separate sources” who they say have “documented and verified” the information.The Salinger books would revisit Catcher protagonist Holden Caulfield and draw on Salinger’s World War II years and his immersion in eastern religion. The material also would feature new stories about the Glass family of Franny and Zooey and other Salinger works.The book does not identify a prospective publisher. Spokesman Terry Adams of Little, Brown, which released Catcher and Salinger’s three other books, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Salinger’s …read more

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