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American Masters

The Impact of World War II on Salinger's Writing

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Writer David Shields discusses the relationship between J.D. Salinger's writing and his grisly experience of World War II, where he faced both the D-Day landing and the atrocities at a subcamp of the concentration camp Dachau. Shields sees World War II as a "covert meditation" in several of Salinger's short stories, including "For Esme With Love and Squalor" and "A Perfect Day for Bananafish."

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Mike Nichols: American Masters

The late, great director (The Graduate, Angels in America) discusses his 50-year career.

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The Women's List

Meet 15 women who define contemporary American culture in Greenfield-Sanders’ new film.

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Mike Nichols and "The Graduate"

Mike Nichols won an Academy Award for directing "The Graduate," his second film.

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Mike Nichols' Laugh

Stars of theater and film remember Mike Nichols' famous, uncontrollable laughter.

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Carole King: Natural Woman - Trailer

King tells her story in a new documentary with previously unseen and rare performances.

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