J.D. Salinger's unseen writings to be finally published, son says
Unseen material from J.D. Salinger, the legendary author of Catcher in the Rye who declined to publish any of his writings from 1965 until his death in 2010, is finally set to be published, his son Matt Salinger revealed to The Guardian.
In an extensive interview, Matt Salinger revealed definitively, after decades of speculation, that his father never stopped writing after he retired from public life in the ’60s, and that the Salinger Estate plans to “share” all of this work over the next decade.
Salinger “teemed with ideas and thoughts … he’d be driving the car and he’d pull over to write something and laugh to himself – sometimes he’d read it to me, sometimes he wouldn’t – and next to every chair he had a notebook,” Matt told The Guardian. “He just decided that the best thing for his writing was not to have a lot of interactions with people, literary types in particular…. He didn’t want to be playing in those poker games, he wanted to, as he would encourage every would-be writer to do, you know, stew in your own juices.”
Matt Salinger, an actor and producer, had previously discredited reports in 2013 that five books by his father existed but were yet to be released. Per The Guardian, in the material the Salinger Estate plans to publish, “it appears likely there will be more about the Glass family, who frequently appear in Salinger’s published short fiction.” As to the rumors that Salinger continued to write about Catcher’s Holden Caulfield, that remains to be seen.
Matt Salinger has joint charge of the estate with Colleen O’Neill, J.D. Salinger’s widow; they have been compiling J.D. Salinger’s writings since 2011, or shortly after his death, and clarified that nothing is ready for publication yet.
Over his lifetime, J.D. Salinger published just three books, Catcher in the Rye being the only completed novel. In 2014, three of his earliest stories, originally published between 1940-1944, were collected in a posthumous tome by The Devault-Graves Agency. Catcher in the Rye was ranked as America’s 30th favorite novel of all time in PBS’s recent Great American Readsurvey. In a tribute written for EW, Stephen King called Salinger “the last of the great post-WWII American writers.”
“He wanted me to pull it together, and because of the scope of the job, he knew it would take a long time,” Matt Salinger told The Guardian of his father. “This was somebody who was writing for 50 years without publishing, so that’s a lot of material. So there’s not a reluctance or a protectiveness: when it’s ready, we’re going to share it.”