Shrouded in secrecy, The Private War of JD Salinger promises new details about the reclusive author’s wartime lifeAn attempt to piece together the life of the notoriously reclusive Catcher in the Rye author JD Salinger, researched over the course of eight years in strict secrecy and including more than 200 interviews, is to be published as a biography on 3 September. A documentary film about the author will be released in the US the same week.Arriving three years after Salinger’s death at the age of 91, The Private War of JD Salinger promises new insights based on accounts from his “World War II brothers-in-arms, family members, close friends, lovers, classmates, neighbours, editors, publishers, New Yorker colleagues and people with whom he had relationships that were secret even to his own family”, according to a description on Amazon. The author’s literary estate has remained resolutely silent.Salinger won immediate success with his 1951 debut novel, Catcher in the Rye, and was critically acclaimed for fiction such as Franny and Zooey and For Esmé – with Love and Squalor. After publishing his last book in 1965, he retreated from New York to live in a remote house in New Hampshire, shunning journalists and …read more

Via: The Guardian | Books