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Draws on extensive research and exclusive interviews to share previously undisclosed aspects of the enigmatic writer's life, from his private relationships and service in World War II to his legal concerns and innermost secrets.
Publisher: New York :, Simon and Schuster,, 2013.
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781476744834
Characteristics: xvii, 698 pages :,illustrations, portraits ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Salerno, Shane - Author


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Jan 23, 2017

What a novel way to present biographical material; not the normal style for a work of this nature. Despite having written in a 'National Enquirer' style, Shields and Salerno somehow managed to keep this reader plowing on through their almost 600 pages. The many photos helped, I suppose.
There were more than a few dull, uninspired moments. Upon reaching page 575, I’d had enough, so I skipped the authors’ end notes.
Salinger, as a writer... a genius; Salinger the man... a strange piece of work. Charles McGrath’s quotation on page 554 sums up Salinger for me: “Depending on one’s point of view, he was either a crackpot or the American Tolstoy...” Perhaps J.D. Salinger was both.

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