Based on eight years of exhaustive research and exclusive interviews with more than 200 people--and published in coordination with the international theatrical release of a major documentary film from the Weinstein Company--Salinger is a global cultural event, the definitive biography of one of the most beloved and mysterious figures of the 20th century.
For more than 50 years, the ever elusive author of The Catcher in the Rye has been the subject of a relentless stream of newspaper and magazine articles as well as several biographies. Yet all of these attempts have been hampered by a fundamental lack of access and by the persistent recycling of inaccurate information. Salinger remains an enigma. The complex and contradictory human being behind the myth has never been revealed.
In the 8 years since Salinger was begun, and especially in the three years since Salinger's death, the authors interviewed more than 200 people on five different continents, many of whom had previously refused to go on the record about their relationship with Salinger. This oral biography offers direct eyewitness accounts from Salingers's WWII brothers-in-arms, his family members, close friends, lovers, classmates, neighbors, editors, publishers, New Yorker colleagues and people whom he had relationships that were secret even to his own family. Shields and Salemo illuminate most brightly the last 56 years of Salinger's life, a period that, until now, had remained completely dark to biographers. Provided unprecedented access to more than 100 photographs never before published, diaries, letters, legal records and secret documents. Readers will feel they have, for the first time, gotten beyond Salinger's meticulously built-up wall. The result is the definitive portrait of one of the most fascinating figures of the 20th century.
Get the 411 on the five unpublished books that were found during the research for Salinger HERE.