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Five ‘New’ J.D. Salinger Books May Come Out Between 2015 And 2020

By / 08.25.13

The trailer for Salinger, a Weinstein Company documentary about the reclusive life of Cather in the Rye author J.D. Salinger, promises a secret so shocking, you won’t be able to Holden your excitement. You’ll want to raise the roof(beams) after seeing it. You’ll call up all your friends on your telePHONY after leaving the theater, because it’s that good. Harvey Weinstein is trying to keep the reveal unknown, making critics who see the film before its release date sign a nondisclosure agreement, but the NY Times just spilled the bananafish, as it were.

[A] forthcoming documentary and related book, both titled Salinger, include detailed assertions that Mr. Salinger instructed his estate to publish at least five additional books — some of them entirely new, some extending past work — in a sequence that he intended to begin as early as 2015.

The new books and stories were largely written before Mr. Salinger assigned his output to a trust in 2008, and would greatly expand the Salinger legacy.

One collection, to be called “The Family Glass,” would add five new stories to an assembly of previously published stories about the fictional Glass family, which figured in Mr. Salinger’s Franny and Zooey and elsewhere, according to the claims, which surfaced in interviews and previews of the documentary and book last week.

Another would include a retooled version of a publicly known but unpublished tale, “The Last and Best of the Peter Pans,” which is to be collected with new stories and existing work about the fictional Caulfields, including Catcher in the Rye. The new works are said to include a story-filled “manual” of the Vedanta religious philosophy, with which Mr. Salinger was deeply involved; a novel set during World War II and based on his first marriage; and a novella modeled on his own war experiences. (Via)

Fifteen-year-old me would be excited for this news, if fifteen-year-old me got excited about anything. Ya morons.

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