Timeline of major events in the life of writer J.D. Salinger (Jan 1, 1919 – Jan 27, 2010), including his education, relationships and literary achievements. Jan 1, 1919 Jerome David Salinger is born in New York City Jerome David Salinger is the second and last child of a Scotch-Irish mother named Miriam Jillich Salinger and […]
Actor and producer Edward Norton shares his memories of reading The Catcher of Rye as an adolescent, and his analysis of the character Holden Caulfield and the way author J.D. Salinger uses dialogue and narrative in the novel. Watch Film Outtake of Salinger “The first experience of reading that book is magical,” says Norton of […]
In this film outtake from Salinger, writer David Shields discusses the relationship between 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. Watch Film Outtake of Salinger David Shields sees World War II as a “covert […]
J.D. Salinger served in the U.S. Army’s Counter Intelligence Corps (CIC) in the field in Europe during World War II. Watch Film Excerpt from Salinger Salinger could speak both French and German and his work involved interviewing enemy prisoners and civilians. He formed a strong friendship with three other men in the CIC that would […]
Filmmaker Shane Salerno dedicated ten years of his life to answering three questions about the elusive, yet famous writer, J.D. Salinger. In this interview with the writer and director of Salinger, find out what inspired Salerno, and what it took to find the answers. The director’s cut of Salinger, with 15 minutes of new material, […]
Introduction from Salinger. Simon & Schuster. 2013. 720 pages. By David Shields and Shane Salerno J. D. Salinger spent ten years writing The Catcher in the Rye and the rest of his life regretting it. Before the book was published, he was a World War II veteran with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder; after the war, he […]
In 1951 J.D. Salinger published The Catcher in the Rye, a debut novel that became one of the best known works in American literature. The book’s beloved anti-hero, Holden Caulfield, had been making appearances in Salinger’s writing since 1941. Follow the milestones in Salinger’s career that led to his most famous book. Click the image […]
Filmmaker Shane Salerno’s 10-year investigation culminates in the first work to get beyond The Catcher in the Rye author’s impenetrable wall of privacy and seclusion. American Masters presents the exclusive, never-before-seen director’s cut of Salinger as the series’ 200th episode, featuring 15 minutes of new material. Salinger is an intricately structured mystery that reveals the author’s private world: how World War II influenced his life and work, his painstaking writing methods, his many relationships with young women, and the literary secrets he left behind after his death in 2010.