This man here is the greatest American writer who ever lived:
and this is the greatest American novel ever written:
and if you disagree with me, you’re wrong. 😛
One of the writers Salinger admired most is Ralph Waldo Emerson. He often quoted Emerson in his letters. A favorite Emerson line goes: “A man must have aunts and cousins, must buy carrots and turnips, must have barn and woodshed, must go to market and to the blacksmith’s shop, must saunter and sleep and be inferior and silly.” Despite his oversized talent (and success), Salinger lived a perfectly normal life, untainted by celebrity. He looked down on writers–Kafka and Flaubert among them–and men who were “non-buyers of carrots and turnips”.
Salinger lived in seclusion since the late 1950s. Despite his withdrawal from society, Salinger was by most accounts a devoted father and husband who deeply disdained the attention he received from his fans.
J.D. Salinger passed away last January, leaving behind a wife, two children, and the finest American novel ever written.
If you have not read The Catcher in The Rye, throw away that garbage Tom Clancy thriller and go to the nearest bookstore now!
Read J.D. Salinger’s short story A Perfect Day for Bananafish: www.miguelmllop.com/stories/stories/bananafish.pdf