American Masters

Salinger's Last Story in Cosmopolitan, "Blue Melody"

Clip: Season 26 | 2m 46s

Editor, novelist and playwright A.E. Hotchner talks about J.D. Salinger's last short story in Cosmopolitan magazine in 1948. Then Salinger's friend and a Cosmopolitan editor, Hotchner had been warned by Salinger that "not one word can be changed" in the story. Unbeknownst to Hotchner, others had made a single edit. Salinger's title "Scratchy Needle on a Phonograph Record" became "Blue Melody."

Aired: 01/14/14

Rating: TV-14

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