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To read the letter in larger print click here;  Letters Of Note

J.D. Salinger passed away today at the ripe old age of 91.  Perhaps there is something to be said for “getting away from it all”. I imagine I join millions of others in saying his “Catcher In The Rye” was a pivotal novel for me . It was truly the first time, as a young reader, that I felt the author was really talking to me and not just telling me a story.  I fell in love with Holden Caufield way back then and I never lost the love. To be sure, other suitors and their creators have come along, too myriad to list (OK, Garcia-Marquez gets a shout out) but Holden and  J.D. will always occupy that special place in my heart.

Alright, I’m a little verklempt (sp?) so let’s consider this “Mini-Post Thursday”.  I’ll be back with more colour tomorrow. Night All…

PS.  The above website Letters Of Note (.com)  is a very cool site.  Give it a gander.  “Letters of Note is an attempt to gather and sort fascinating letters, postcards, telegrams, faxes, and memos. Scans/photos where possible. Fakes will be sneered at. Updated every weekday. Edited by Shaun Usher.”  (from the Letters of Note website)

 

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6 Comments

  1. The voice in that letter so perfectly exemplifies why he was such an excellent story teller! He has a way with words that is both magical and true in a way that rings in your soul.
    I remember finding Catcher in the Rye on the floor of my sister’s room (she was reading it for school a couple years ahead of me,) and sitting down and reading it cover to cover. To a girl of maybe 11 Holden was such a mysterious and controversial creature. I didn’t know what to think of him! Holden and Gatsby, really… I think they just got added back onto my reading list!
    – Meg

  2. Wow! What a great letter. The first thing I thought( after feeling like all these iconic people from my youth are disappearing) is what wonderful characters J D and Holden were, And how I miss the art of the written letter, How I loved to receive them and loved to write them and was happy when I felt i had written one that was poignant,funny and insightful. What a window into someone’s life an old letter can give you. Clearly I have lost my chops and can barely punctuate at this point, but still, there’s nothing like a beautiful letter. JD was a bit of a control freak, but good for him. He makes a lot of sense to me. I now ( thanks to you Slim) understand why he could never let go of the rights to his only novel??? Is that correct?
    I have never done this before, don’t even know if you’ll get this Slim. Let me know.
    Peace out Patty

    • Patty,
      Salinger also wrote
      “Nine Stories,” “Franny and Zooey” and “Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters”
      I don’t believe he wrote again after 1965, but don’t quote me on that.

      And I agree with you- I too miss the art of the written letter- how wonderful it is to still receive them once and a while.

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