Catch This: Five Posthumous Salinger Books Reportedly On the Way

If the reports don't turn out to be phony, that is

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Readers who claim J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye as their favorite book may soon have reason to update their desert-island-books list. If published reports are true, five previously unpublished works by the enigmatic author are on their way.

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A forthcoming documentary and book about the reclusive writer, who died in 2010 at the age of 91, will reveal that the novelist left careful instructions for his estate to publish at least five additional works following his death. Some of these will be entirely new and others will build upon his past repertoire, the New York Times reports. The posthumous releases are expected between 2015 and 2020.

The Times offers the following details about what these works will entail:

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Another would include a retooled version of a publicly known but unpublished tale, “The Last and Best of the Peter Pans,” which is to be collected with new stories and existing work about the fictional Caulfields, including “Catcher in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.

This reveal, however, comes not from Salinger’s estate but from Shane Salerno, who directed the documentary, and David Shields, who co-wrote the companion book. Salinger’s son, Matthew, and his widow, Colleen O’Neill, who manage the estate, both declined to comment.

But before you get too excited, remember: Holden Caulfield hated everything, so he’d probably hate this too.

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29 comments
scotty2smithy
scotty2smithy

@TIME One of my most treasured possessions is a pencil with the words "J.D. Salinger" engraved on the end.

Morilyn_Monlow
Morilyn_Monlow

@honojune スラスラ原文読めない日本人にとって翻訳って大事よね。歌詞とか訳違い目当てに同じアルバム買ったりする。

Chrisis
Chrisis

I do claim The Catcher in the Rye as one of my favorite books but didn't need to wait until 2015 to find similar great books in this style. On http://www.readgeek.com/book/The_Catcher_in_the_Rye. are listed a couple of great novels. Get a prediction on how you will like them by getting registered and rating a couple of books. 

progers71
progers71

@TIME Holden wud be "smoking like a god d*.n madman". Hope this pans out.

Phoebe
Phoebe

Holden Caulfield did not hate everything.

MobileShaker
MobileShaker

@TIMECulture Why not wait until you know what's going on to 'alert' the media? Oh wait.. it's 2013. Irrational spamming is the norm.

honojune
honojune

@Morilyn_Monlow そこまで!国内盤はライナーノーツ読むのが楽しみですもんね〜

chessmaster34
chessmaster34

@theresamax Things fine here. Weather very muggy and humid. 100.4F with humidex. Heat wave this week.