Which novels have had the most impact on you as a writer? Is there a particular book that made you want to write?
The Catcher in the Rye. I found it on my mother’s bookshelf. I knew nothing about it or its author, but my mind was blown after the very first page. I hadn’t known that a book could speak so directly to a reader. After that, I knew what I wanted to do with my life.
From Alice Hoffman: By the Book, New York Times Sunday Book Review
Where the ducks go in winter.
Books that Mattered in 2013: The Catcher in the Rye
In 2013, J.D. Salinger was the subject of Salinger, a much anticipated biography…
From Holden Caulfield Redux: A Look at the New York Novel ‘The Goldfinch’ by Donna Tartt
"…it is a novel of Manhattan adolescence, a distinctly particular variant of it, as genealogically linked to J. D. Salinger as to any other forebear. There is Holden Caulfield’s urbanity; his mischief and failure (in both “Catcher in the Rye” and Theo’s story, trouble at private school propels the action). There is Holden Caulfield’s eye for the inauthentic, the perilous interactions with the adult world transpiring in a dreamscape New York — the specter of the dead."
From “Three Unpublished J.D. Salinger Stories Have Leaked Online”
"Three unpublished stories by J.D. Salinger — ‘The Ocean Full of Bowling Balls,’ ‘Paula,’ and ‘Birthday Boy’ — have been available to read at research libraries, but have never been seen in print or online before today."
UPDATE: Read the stories
UPDATE: The PDF has been pulled down due to the considerable threat it posed to nothing and the harm its public release could do to no one.
“I just went back and started reading J.D. Salinger, after that movie and biography came out, which I didn’t care for. I went back and read the nine stories. I was surprised to see how amazing they are. It’s hard to do, to tell stories largely through dialogue. To not just reveal the character but to tell stories and he does really well. There is something there to learn from, it’s a real skill.”
From the Wall Street Journal, “Salman Rushdie on His New Book, Social Media and Salinger’s ‘Nine Stories’”