So Where Are the New J.D. Salinger Books We Were Promised?
After decades of silence, the famously reclusive writer J.D. Salinger finally had something to tell the world: Leave me alone.
It was November 1974, and Salinger briefly stepped out from his secluded life in a small New Hampshire town to denounce the unauthorized release of his early works. In that interview, one of his last before his death in 2010, he confirmed he was still writing — long hours and every day, he said.
沉默了數十年後，知名的隱居作家J. D. 沙林傑終於有話告訴全世界：別來煩我。
Nothing new by Salinger has been published since 1965, and no one close to him has suggested after his death that anything ever will be. But in 2013, a documentary about the author and a related book offered a bold assertion: He had not only continued writing, but also left detailed notes to his trust about releasing the material between 2015 and 2020.
The blockbuster claim sent a ripple through the publishing world and became the subject of numerous news stories. “Rebel in the Rye,” a new film about Salinger released in theaters last month, makes clear that he continued to write long after his last work was published.
But it is almost 2018 and no books have been released. So where are they?
“Yeah, what came of those?” Matthew Salinger, the author’s son, said in a brief phone interview this month.
When the author’s widow, Colleen O’Neill, answered the phone at her home in New Hampshire this month, she said, “I’m sorry, I can’t take this phone call,” and hung up.
Matthew Salinger, who controls the J.D. Salinger Literary Trust along with O’Neill, shares his father’s disdain for the public spotlight. Did his father continue writing late into his life? Did he leave anything to be published?
“You are not going to get an answer from me,” Salinger said. Before hanging up, he added, “I would consider the source.”
The source was “Salinger,” the 2013 documentary and book by the same name, by David Shields and Shane Salerno, who spent nine years researching and producing them. In the last pages of the book, they cite two “independent and separate” anonymous people who assert that J.D. Salinger left instructions “authorizing a specific timetable” for the release of five additional works.