Jerome David Salinger (January 1, 1919 NYC – January 27, 2010 Cornish NH) died yesterday at 91. Everyone tells the same empty Salinger story: recluse for the last 50+ years in NH, published almost nothing new in the past 50 yrs. Famewise, he didn't have to after THE CATCHER IN THE RYE (1951) [which I've never read]; but eventually didn't want to, or so it appears.
Read his Wikipedia listing http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._D._Salinger for his mid-life obsessions (mainly Hinduish) & his distressed relations with much younger women, some of whom he married.
All I can add is that a Roman Catholic friend of mine now in her 70s says she dated him while in college & always refers to him as "Jerry", but reveals nothing personal between them. One wife & his only daughter, however, wrote painful memoirs.
Literati are now speculating about whether there are any unpublished Salinger mss. stored in a vault somewhere, like Hemingway (whom he met in the US Army during WW2.) There are.
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