Suzanne Morine's fabulous site dedicated to CR
Shimonoseki: A Catcher
CR page from Japan
Yahoo's Salinger department has lots of links
Cyberessays: The style
Essay on Salinger's style
Cartoon part 1
and Cartoon part
Cute cartoon version of CR - in fact, it might remind you of Fisher
very informative site (not only for Bananafish Mailing List fish) including
details about Salinger's biography, bibliography, etc etc - run by Sundeep
Dougal, a prominent bananafish
There is a place called FinalChapter.com where
someone has rewritten the last chapter of CR. In
the introduction he says:
"Replacement for chapter:
Thought the original ending was dull and lacked a
certain punch. This is my attempt!"
Now, I do not think this ghostwriter has even
a. creating a better ending and
but it is an interesting idea as
Therefore, if you are interested, go to An
alternative ending to CR
New York Times has a special SALINGER archive.
You have to register first, but it is free of
charge - and it is worth seeing.
has lots of useful things about CR: summaries,
analyses, a quiz, etc etc
There is a MAILING LIST about Salinger and his works on the internet.
If you want to join those fish go to this Bananafish
Also, these guys run a Bananafish Mailing
List Archive which you can search for all kinds of topics discussed in
A guy from the Netherlands had an interesting idea: he put up a site on which
you can find Covers of The Catcher
in the Rye
At www.timepix.com you'll find interesting
photos/pictures of Salinger - once you've registered.
Might be a good idea to
search for "salinger NOT pierre" (that's his son).
David Abrams wrote an interesting Tribute
to the Catcher at epinions
| IN THIS COLUMN I RECOMMEND
SECONDARY LITERATURE REGARDING SALINGER AND/OR THE CATCHER IN THE RYE.
FIRST, THOUGH, TWO SPECIAL LINKS:
If you want to get an idea of
what books are available at amazon.com, use the search box below and type
for example "catcher in the rye " or "j d salinger".
If you live in Germany - like myself - you can use the amazon.de
search box below. You may select BÜCHER or US-BÜCHER first.
At amazon.de you don't
even need a credit card.
Warren French, J.D.Salinger, Revisited (1988)
a very resourceful book about CR - and the short stories
Ian Hamilton, In Search of J.D.Salinger (1988)
The biographical book that Salinger tried to prevent from being published
W.P.Kinsella, Shoeless Joe (1982)
The novel which the movie Field of Dreams was based on.
In contrast to the film, you'll actually meet J.D.Salinger here as a (non)fictional
main character ...
(I wonder whether Salinger himself has read the book and what he thinks
about the way he is depicted here)
PS. See also # 6 on my EXTERNAL ASPECTS PAGE!
Looks like an interesting new book has been published:
if you go to Greenwood
, you'll see that since Oct 30, 1999, the following book should be available:
Understanding The Catcher in the Rye
A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents, by
Sanford Pinsker and Ann Pinsker (Literature in Context Series, The Greenwood
-- Literary Analysis
-- Censorship of CR
-- America's Post-War Culture
-- Preparatory Schools
-- Holden Caulfield at the Movies
-- Holden on the Analyst's Couch
Bananafish rumours have it that Peggy Salinger, JDS's daughter, is writing
her memoir, at age 43, apparently outlining her
childhood and her relationship with her father.
Scheduled to be published in late 2000.
It's called The Dream Catcher.
July 27, 2000: Margaret Salinger's Dream Catcher is embargoed until
September 7, when it will be published in the United States, but already
tantalising extracts are beginning to surface in America. Pocket Books have
begun circulating portions of the book to carefully selected literary reviewers.
In a four-page introduction, the younger Salinger, 44, writes: "I grew up
in a world both terrible and beautiful, and grossly out of balance." She
continues: "My father, a writer of fiction, is a dreamer who barely can tie
his own shoelaces in the real world, let alone warn his daughter she might
stumble and fall. In real life, when he chooses to make himself available, he
can be funny, intensely loving, and the person you most want to be with."
However, she adds: "To get in the way of his work, to interrupt the holy
quest, is to commit sacrilege."
The Burglar in the Rye - what kind of title is that?!
It's the title of Lawrence Block's new mystery novel, with an obvious
allusion to CR. If you go to this
address at amazon.com , you'll get detailed reviews of the book, including
remarks from the author himself, e.g. "People always ask me where I get
my ideas.... The genesis of the idea for The Burglar in the Rye
is easy to trace. In February of 1998, I read two newspaper stories within
a week of each other. First, Joyce Maynard, realizing that the world yearned
to know the story of her life, had decided to write a tell-all book about
her relationship with J D Salinger, thus invading the privacy of one of
the two Most Reclusive Authors in America. Next, Candida Donadio, a literary
agent, was reported ready to sell all her letters from her former client,
Thomas Pynchon, thus violating the privacy of the other Most Reclusive
Author. ... So I combined the two writers and the two outrages..."
And Entertainment Weekly wrote: "Rather like an Agatha Christie
novel narrated by Basil Fawlty, or a game of Clue organized by Monty Python."
Sounds pretty good, eh?
Some Bananafish mailing list members point out there is an interesting
novel by Marianne Wiggins called Almost Heaven. Here is a
part of a review you get when you go to this
address at amazon.com :
"It seems no accident that the narrator ... is named Holden. Like his
literary predecessor in J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye, this edgy twentysomething
war correspondent is also a protector of lost innocence, or at least a
seeker of grace in a world gone brutal. Done in and emotionally damaged
by a stint in Bosnia, Holden escapes back to the U.S. at a time when a
rage of bad weather - tornadoes, heat waves, hurricanes - grips the
nation and portends his immersion in a relationship of cyclonic intensity..."
There is a new biography of Salinger written by Paul Alexander (J.D.
Salinger: A Biography). If you go to this
page at amazon.com, you'll get lots of controversial reviews of the
* * *
PS. Don't forget to click on the book cover
in order to enlarge it, it's very thought-provoking...
There is a new book by Pam Steinle:
In Cold Fear : The Catcher in the Rye Censorship
Controversies and Postwar American Character
Minor problem: it costs $45...
However, if you go to the following address
at amazon.com, you'll get a very long extract from the introduction (I mean
(see also #10 in my External Aspects)
LETTERS TO J.D. SALINGER
Chris Kubica (Editor), Will Hochman (Editor)
In this newly published book (May 2002), editors
Chris Kubica and Will Hochman present a
collection of "Dear Jerome" missives
written by a mix of well-known writers and critics
as well as teachers, students, and everyday
readers. Contributors include Stewart O'Nan, Tom
Robbins, Sherman Alexie, and David Shields.
Jan 2003: I hear there is a new book about Salinger:
Eberhard Alsen's A Reader's Guide to J.D.
The chapters address categories like "Critical Reception,"
"Narrative Structure and Point of View," "Characterization and
Style," "Settings and Symbols" and "Themes and
July 2004: The Snatcher in the Pie by Ben
Jamieson, Saguaro & Tumbleweed Press, 2004 - 234 pages, Hardcover
Supposed to be a parody on the Catcher - but a horrible one, so don't buy it!
Sorry - that was just a joke - but I do believe the book
should be written ;-)