J.D. Salinger rolls over in his grave


It’s not a phony. A manuscript leaked online tells about the death of Holden Caulfield’s younger brother. Sort of a prequel to Catcher in the Rye.

Trouble is J.D. Salinger gave orders that Three Stories not be published until 50 years after his death. That would be 2060. Boy, the reclusive and litigious author must be rolling over in his grave! I mean Salinger withdrew The Ocean Full of Bowling Balls (the Caulfield  story) from publication in Harper’s Bazaar.

If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is how the stories got online in the first place. Well, there’s an invitation-only file-sharing site called what.cd. Somebody posted them there, and then they were reposted on Reddit. Nobody knows the name of the leaker(s).

Paula and Birthday Boy are the titles of the other two stories.

Salinger aficionados may quibble about ethics, but maybe the poster was just sick of ego, ego, ego.

The stories have been available for scholars to read at Princeton and  the University of Texas, and Salinger experts confirmed to Buzzfeed that the three stories are genuine. It’s all Salinger fansites and literature geeks are talking about.

I like it when somebody gets excited about something. It’s nice.