- Category : Writers-Fiction
- Type : GE
- Profile : 1/3 - Investigating / Martyr
- Definition : Split - Small (9,28,32,58)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Tension 4
American writer with a minimum output and excessively reclusive, but famed as a cult favorite.
In 1951 he published his one and only novel, "Catcher in the Rye." Short stories, essays and letters were his total output; he has not published a word since 1965, gives no interviews and shuns his fans.
Serving in WW II, Salinger had a short marriage to a young French doctor. He made a second marriage in 1955 for 12 years, producing two kids, a boy and a girl. He studied the teachings of Ramakrishna.
On 6/22/1999, 14 letters written to a young woman of 18 when he was 53 were sold by her in auction for $156,000. Legally, the letters were Joyce Maynard's property, but the words are Salinger's and may not be published without his permission. The buyer, philanthropist Peter Norton, said he would return the letters to Salinger; he has not responded.
The reclusive author broke his hip in May 2009 but was in otherwise reasonable health until just before his death at age 91 on 27 January 2010 at his Cornish, New Hampshire home.
In their biography Salinger, published in August 2013, David Shields and Shane Salerno assert that the author had left specific instructions authorizing a timetable, to start between 2015 and 2020, for the release of several unpublished works.