J.D. Salinger: A Life

J D Salinger A Life One of the most popular and mysterious figures in American literary history author of the classic Catcher in the Rye J D Salinger eluded fans and journalists for most of his life Now comes a new bio

  • Title: J.D. Salinger: A Life
  • Author: Kenneth Slawenski AijaUzulēna
  • ISBN: 9781400069514
  • Page: 485
  • Format: Hardcover
  • One of the most popular and mysterious figures in American literary history, author of the classic Catcher in the Rye, J D Salinger eluded fans and journalists for most of his life Now comes a new biography that Peter Ackroyd in The Times of London calls energetic and magnificently researched a book from which a true picture of Salinger emerges Filled with new infoOne of the most popular and mysterious figures in American literary history, author of the classic Catcher in the Rye, J D Salinger eluded fans and journalists for most of his life Now comes a new biography that Peter Ackroyd in The Times of London calls energetic and magnificently researched a book from which a true picture of Salinger emerges Filled with new information and revelations garnered from countless interviews, letters, and public records J D Salinger presents an extraordinary life that spanned nearly the entire twentieth century.Kenneth Slawenski explores Salinger s privileged youth, long obscured by misrepresentation and rumor, revealing the brilliant, sarcastic, vulnerable son of a disapproving father and doting mother and his entrance into a social world where Gloria Vanderbilt dismissively referred to him as a Jewish boy from New York Here too are accounts of Salinger s first broken heart Eugene O Neill s daughter, Oona, left him for the much older Charlie Chaplin and the devastating World War II service a living hell of which he never spoke and which haunted him forever.J D Salinger features all the dazzle of this author s early writing successes, his dramatic encounters with luminaries from Ernest Hemingway to Laurence Olivier to Elia Kazan, his surprising office intrigues with famous New Yorker editors and writers, and the stunning triumph of The Catcher in the Rye, which would both make him world famous and hasten his retreat into the hills of New Hampshire.Whether it s revealing the facts of his hasty, short lived first marriage or his lifelong commitment to Eastern religion, which would dictate his attitudes toward sex, nutrition, solitude, and creativity, J D Salinger is this unique author s unforgettable story in full one that no lover of literature can afford to miss.

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    1. Kenneth Slawenski AijaUzulēna Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the J.D. Salinger: A Life book, this is one of the most wanted Kenneth Slawenski AijaUzulēna author readers around the world.

    2. J. D. SALINGER by Kenneth Slawenski I grew very impatient with this biography of the famously reclusive Salinger. First, it is nearly a hagiography, being way too worshipful of its subject. Was Salinger really “a prophet?” Too often Slawenski is guilty of embarrassing hyperbole. For instance, in recounting Salinger’s re-design of the cover of “Catcher in the Rye,” opting for the austere lettering against a red background, he says, “To this day, Salinger’s design arguably remains th [...]

    3. I didn't have the heart to give it one star; but had I the gumption, I would have. For a moment, I'll set aside the irony that a Salingerphile who goes to great lengths to assert the author's privacy-obsession wrote a biography about him, and focus on why Random House gave a book deal to a guy who simply operates a website about Salinger. Perhaps they are finally operating under the concept of their namesake: random.Not that I think all scholars and biographers need to be professors or writers t [...]

    4. If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I bought the book and how long I took to read it and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth. In the first place, that stuff bores me, and in the second place, the author would have about two hemorrhages if I told anything pretty personal about him.I had no idea that old Jerome was there at D-Day AND the Battle of the Bulge. I suppose that [...]

    5. The material on Salinger's war experiences is the most interesting, but I don't recommend this biography. I think Slawenski's approach to Salinger is for the most part deferential. Yet he doesn't deal in a straighforward way with the seeming contradiction of his writing this piece: that no matter how deferential one could be, Salinger disapproved of any biographer writing about him and was openly hostile toward those who wanted to write about him in newspapers, magazines, and elsewhere. Slawensk [...]

    6. Admirable scholarship. This may turn out to be THE definitive volume on the life and works of J.D. Salinger. The level of detail is only suitable for serious fans. Casual readers will not stick it. Had I tried to read it in print, I doubt I would have finished it. From one hermit to another, J.D I forgive you for going into seclusion and refusing to produce more work for publication. I understand now what you went through, and I would have done the same.

    7. It would be a better biography if the writer did not focus on the struggles between Salinger and publishers and publishing companies too much. His analyses on the works of Salinger also take more place and time in this book than the life of Salinger. Considering the personality of Salinger, it is surely understandable. Aside from that, Slawenski has great respect for the author and does not offer us cheap tricks about Salinger's life. I am glad to have found out more about his early life, years [...]

    8. A deferential fan's biography, this answers any curiosity one might have about the reclusive writer's influences and motives for rejecting a public life. Salinger had no brother, no suicides in his family or intimate circle, but he did see a rough patch in WW2 including the liberation of Dachau. He was badly treated by critics and was rightly annoyed with some of his agents, editors and publishers in the 60s just as he achieved financial independence. So he rejected the literary public life, and [...]

    9. Where to begin. (I am never at a loss for words but in this second, I am). Hm. Because I have been captivated by Jerome David Salinger my whole life, of course, finding him during my own adolescence, reading this book was akin to getting my hands on the psychological crown jewels of a mentor of mine I never met and only got to know through his art. It seems to me too, he would hate this book if he were alive, in fact, if he were alive, he would probably never have let it go to the presses, filin [...]

    10. Was he a saint or a brilliant marketer? That’s the question I am left with upon reading this intriguing life of the most reclusive celebrity author of recent times.Salinger’s output was sparse: a collection of nine short stories, his signature novel The Catcher in the Rye, two novellas combined into a full length book (Franny and Zooey), another two novellas combined (Raise High the Roof Beam and Seymour – an Introduction), and a smattering of short stories published in various “slick” [...]

    11. I have to admit right off the bat that I totally skimmed this book. J.D. Salinger was, by nature, the most private person that was ever famous and not crazy. So reading a book of this size, with this much information and opinion about his life seems to be an ironic way to salute the author of one of my all-time favorite novels. Also, I didn't like being reminded that Salinger was pretty much an ingrate over the Catcher in the Rye craze. He liked that people related to it and bought it, but he ha [...]

    12. I have to admit I did not know much about J.D. Salinger before reading this biography. However, I have always been intrigued by Salinger ever since I was fifteen and had read Catcher in the Rye. Slawenski remarkably salutes J.D. Salinger, whose full name is Jerome David Salinger. “It is an invitation to salute. A salute not the memory but to the essence of J.D. Salinger…”J.D. Salinger: A Life is a thorough and well researched biography on the man and author. Being born to a middle-class Je [...]

    13. This book is as thorough an accumulation of information about Salinger as exists, I believe. It is the work of someone who has maintained a website about his literary idol for years, and that must have helped generate some of the information. What goes along with that is a lack of perspective on the writer, and only so-so insight into Salinger's actual work. Nevertheless, biographer Slawenski's devotion to his subject, aided by the man's famously publicity-shy nature, makes this a book from whic [...]

    14. I was one of those multitudes of young people touched by Holden Caufield. Now I am much older, but still remember how his words (through Salinger, of course) moved and reached me in my youth. I also read anything else by Salinger that I could get my eager hands on. So, when he died last year, I was touched to the core. I, like many others, followed his seclusion with interest. And yet, even though he hadn't published in many years, I felt a loss at the news of his death.This is a loving, well-re [...]

    15. I am at 49% November 18, 2015He mentions how an interviewer tried to pin Salinger and Holden together and this totally upset him. Then people wanted to know more about Salinger trying to understand Holden. Also his character was influenced by the short story My Old Man, who was based on a story by Sherwood Anderson I Want to Know WhyHe didn't try to explain his bookse were to much a part of him and he was trying to guard his privacy. Interesting since I think he was an interrogator in the war. R [...]

    16. This wasn't as engaging as a few of the other biographies I've read. Text is pretty dry. But, Salinger is interesting, and I wanted to read this for class, so yeah.

    17. tāda diža, bet sevī noslēgta rakstnieka biogrāfiju uzrakstīt noteikti nav viegls darbs, taču šī grāmata ir izdevusies tik baudāma, ka ne atrauties no tās var, ne arī pēcāk emocionālas pacilātības iespaidā nolikt malā.

    18. stevedowON THE event of his death at age 91 on January 27 this year, Jerome David Salinger’s family released a statement in which they said the US author of the famous Caulfield siblings in The Catcher in the Rye and the Glass family of Franny and Zooey had himself remarked he “was in this world but not of it”.So who was the fiercely private J.D. Salinger, who had not published any writing since 1965, sequestered in his isolated hermitage and outhouse bunker in New Hampshire but whose sile [...]

    19. Reading Salinger’s biography was a rewarding experience coinciding with my second-time reading of his published works. It helped me follow the roots of the inward insights in his works and better understand his reclusive nature.Besides the religious grounds for his isolation I realized how much he identified himself with his characters. He created his own literary world and he probably did not need/accept the real one. Even before I read he wanted his daughter to be named Phoebe I knew that wo [...]

    20. Slawenski has written a thorough, if somewhat sycophantic, biography of J. D. Salinger. I admired the author's persistence in tracking down and analyzing all existing Salinger correspondence, short stories, and drafts. Slawenski does an admirable job of providing a close reading of Salinger's texts and explaining its significance (although I personally believe the biography is about 200 pages too long). Where he falters is in presenting the personal life of JD Salinger, and examining Salinger's [...]

    21. I've never read a bio of Salinger & lord knows they must be difficult to write. Salinger is notorious for shunning any type of publicity or really any contact with the public for the last 40 or so years of his life. This bio is certainly exhaustive in how it looks into his work, describing & examining each of his published pieces very closely. It is perhaps a bit too deferential in its dealings with his personal life. While I do know a great deal more about him than I did before (for ins [...]

    22. I got this book after watching a documentary on Salinger and started it on the heels of My Salinger Year. I assume the biography was neither authorized nor condoned, and from the start I can see why, on only the grounds of writing: in one paragraph is someone named Doris, who only in the next becomes JDS's sister. The author pored through Census records for his subject's ancestry in Gradgrindian Facts but then alleges, without a footnote, though at 2% he has already used seven, "Their romance wa [...]

    23. Very insightful, detailed, and fascinating look at the rather elusive author of _The Catcher in the Rye_. Slawenski's biography on Salinger was 8 years in the making and it made for a great read. I didn't realize that among Salinger's first girlfriends was Oona O'Neill, daughter of Eugene O'Neill, who left Salinger to marry Charlie Chaplin. Chaplin was 31 years older then O'Neill and they ended up with having eight children together. Due to this, Salinger had a major dislike for Chaplin. But I n [...]

    24. I did enjoy this book enough to complete it, but it would be an exaggeration to claim that I liked it. Any sense of objectivity was absent. It's full of speculation to compensate for the lack of factual information, and descriptions of events feel hyperbolic or fabricated. The author often uses phrases like "it's easy to imagine" in order to plug the gaps, and it becomes quite grating. Also conspicuously missing was any mention of Salinger's daughter having unflattering things to say about her f [...]

    25. Fascinating portrayal of a writer I love. Unfortunately he was a complicated man. Subsequently the picture which emerges of the life he built,(hermetic) is not pretty to read about.Paradoxically for an individual so deeply immersed in Eastern religions; he was extremely egotistical, petty, & unforgiving when professionally maligned. No one is spared; not family, old friends, nor colleagues. Salinger permitted nothing to interfere with his need to be alone in order to write. I was saddened to [...]

    26. But what is a god to a non believer? It may only be replaced by a writer. Yes, Salinger is way more than just my obsession, he is my religion. You ought to read this book only if you love Salinger and if you are ready to see him as more than just meets the eye. If you want to bash him or you're looking for something spectacular or shocking, you have to give up. This is just a book about a man and his passion and his affliction and his lavish peculiarities that are not to be understood as to be f [...]

    27. Much like my pretense of having read Catcher in the Rye, years ago I used to toss about the name J. D. Salinger and flippantly add that he was a very cool writer. In truth I knew nothing about him. After recently "really reading" Catcher in the Rye, I stumbled on this biography of J. D. Salinger. He was indeed a cool, interesting guy. I was unknowingly correct. I learned that I can/could have related to him on a number of levels. He embraced Buddhism, solitude, privacy, writing as meditation, or [...]

    28. I gave this biography a good review in the Wall Street Journal. Blake Bailey, a biographer I admire, ripped into the book saying it downplayed Salinger's dark side. I don't disagree, and I do think we need another Salinger biography, but Salwenski's deep engagement with Salinger still strikes me as laudable. What the book lacks is interviews, which would undoubtedly provided a coarser view of the subject. What I found especially compelling is Slawenski pages on Salinger's World War II experience [...]

    29. Best biography I've ever read. Well, actually, I rarely read biographies, but I learned so much about this iconic author from this one. Fast read, well-documented, and enjoyable. Oh, and tons about Catcher in the Rye, the best goddamned book ever published.

    30. my first audio booknce I was deeply impressed by JD SALINGER's books, then couldn't help knowing about him more. GREAT WRITER.HE SAID WHILE BREATHING HIS LAST: HE WAS IN THIS WORLD, BUT NOT OF THIS WORLD.:(

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