Stream the best of PBS. Anytime, anywhere. Download the free PBS Video App.

Providing Support for PBS.org

American Masters

Spirituality and Meditation in Salinger's Writing

Clip: Season 26 | 5m 20s

J.D. Salinger's spirituality and struggle to reconcile living in an imperfect world are reflected in much of his writing. In this film outtake from "Salinger," writer David Shields, actor Edward Norton, Bookworm radio host Michael Silverblatt and teacher Mark Howland describe the spiritual themes, Zen, Buddhism and meditation in Salinger's writing.

Aired: 01/21/14

Rating: TV-14

Problems Playing Video?

Major support for American Masters is provided by AARP. Additional funding is provided by Rosalind P. Walter, The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, Judith and Burton Resnick, Ellen and James S. Marcus, Lillian Goldman Programming Endowment, The Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation, Vital Projects Fund, Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, The André and Elizabeth Kertész Foundation, Lenore Hecht Foundation, Michael & Helen Schaffer Foundation, and public television viewers.