J.D. Salinger

The Catcher in the Rye – Reading copy

Added on August 29, 2016

The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger Little, Brown and Company, U.S.A. 1991 I want to juxtapose a collectible book and a reading copy, and since I have posted a couple of very collectible Catcher editions, I want to talk about my often re-read, 44th (note the 44 on the number line) printing of the 1991 Little, [...]

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The Laughing Man

Added on January 29, 2016

The Laughing Man J.D. Salinger New Yorker Magazine, N.Y. March 19, 1949 The Laughing Man is another Salinger story which appeared first in the New Yorker, then more famously in his collection Nine Stories. This New Yorker is the true first printing of the story; a story within a story about the end of youth. [...]

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Teddy

Added on November 30, 2015

Teddy J.D. Salinger New Yorker Magazine, New York, Jan. 31, 1953 Due to its unhappy ending, Teddy is definitely one of Salinger’s most controversial stories. This 1953 New Yorker magazine is the true first printing. Later the same year (1953), Teddy was incorporated into the collection Nine Stories. Harper’s magazine, in its review of Nine [...]

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Franny and Zooey

Added on November 14, 2014

Franny and Zooey J.D. Salinger Little, Brown and Company, New York, 1961 Franny first came out in 1955 in the New Yorker magazine. Zooey would appear in the New Yorker in 1957. This classic pairing of two of Salinger’s most popular stories was published in 1961. Of course, Franny and Zooey are the two youngest [...]

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Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: an Introduction

Added on July 30, 2014

Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: an Introduction J.D. Salinger Penguin, U.K. 1964 Both of these novellas were originally published in the New Yorker magazine, four years apart, and both feature members of Salinger’s fictional Glass family. The true first editionof this book was published by Little, Brown and Company in 1963. This [...]

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Zooey

Added on July 19, 2014

Zooey J.D. Salinger, New Yorker Magazine, New York, May 4, 1957 Many people think that Zooey is Salinger’s finest work — certainly one of his finest. Salinger incorporates Zen Buddhism and Eastern religious philosophy all throughout this brilliant novella involving members of Salinger’s fictitious Glass family. This New Yorker magazine is the true first printing of [...]

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Down at the Dinghy

Added on April 28, 2014

Down at the Dinghy J.D. Salinger Bantam, New York, 1953 Down at the Dinghy first came out in Harper’s magazine in April, 1949. Copies of this magazine are hard to find, much harder than any of Salinger’s New Yorker stories, but there is one for sale on-line today in fair condition for $325. Harper’s magazines [...]

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For Esme — With Love and Squalor

Added on May 20, 2013

For Esme — With Love and Squalor J.D. Salinger World Review Magazine, U.K. August, 1950 Time magazine called For Esme — With Love and Squalor “the warmest and best of the Nine Stories”. It was an instant huge success; according to Wikipedia, Salinger received more fan mail for it than for any other story. It first [...]

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For Esme — With Love and Squalor

Added on December 9, 2012

For Esme — With Love and Squalor J.D. Salinger New Yorker Magazine, New York, April 8, 1950 Here is one the most — if not the most — rare of the Salinger New Yorkers. It is certainly one of his most popular stories. Within two weeks of the publication of For Esme — With Love [...]

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Just Before the War with the Eskimos

Added on November 3, 2012

Just Before the War with the Eskimos J.D. Salinger New Yorker Magazine, N.Y. June 5, 1948 Just Before the War with the Eskimos first came out in this 1948 New Yorker magazine, but is probably better known as one of the stories from Salinger’s 1953 collection Nine Stories. After Salinger’s death in 2010, a number [...]

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