J.D. Salinger's former house turned into cartoonist's retreat
Pencils up, cartoonists and Catcher in the Rye fans: One of the late author J.D. Salinger’s former homes in Cornish, New Hampshire, will soon serve as an artist’s retreat thanks to Harry Bliss and the Center for Cartoon Studies.
Bliss, a longtime staff cartoonist at the New Yorker (where much of Salinger’s writing was first published), bought the house this summer and worked with the nearby CCS to create the fellowship, which is now accepting applications for its first resident in February.
The monthlong residency will put up one cartoonist in the above-garage apartment of Salinger’s first house in Cornish, where he moved from Manhattan in 1953. (Salinger later relocated to a second home not far away and lived there until his death in 2010.) The resident will also have access to the CCS’s classrooms, library, and production lab.
In an interview about the residency with The New Yorker writer Sarah Larson, Bliss said he has long been a fan of Salinger’s work. “[Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters] and Nine Stories were pretty profound for me,” he said. “I’ve always loved those books.”
See more photos of the retreat here.