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© PS 166
Until he was thirteen, Sonny attended public school on the Upper West Side. This is a class photo of Salinger and his schoolmates on the steps of P.S. 166, circa 1929.
© Valley Forge Military Academy
Cadet Corporal Salinger in 1936. Salinger’s yearbook photo from Valley Forge Military Academy. Salinger used his own boarding school as the inspiration for Holden Caulfield’s Pency Prep when writing The Catcher in the Rye. Unlike Holden, Salinger excelled at Valley Forge.
© Dorothy Nollman/Peter Imbres
Jerry in 1939. A photo taken by his friend Dorothy Nollman while on break from Columbia University. Within a year, Salinger’s first short story would be published and his career launched.
Between boot camp and combat. Air Corps photo taken in 1943 while Salinger was assigned to the Public Relations Department of the Air Service Command. A year later he would be fighting in Europe.
He was aided by Salinger's own unpublished work from this period.
All in all, if you are interested in a condensed version of Salinger's works and details of his negotiations with publishers, then this is the book for you.
My guess is Slawenski knows far more about Salinger's life than is told in this book.
I heartedly recommend this biography. A New Yorker of American Jewish background who was profoundly influenced by his World War II experience as an infantryman who witnessed the... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Barry Smirnoff
This was such an interesting book! Author Kenneth Slawenski has worked diligently to obtain sufficient information to paint a clear picture of Mr. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Believer
Great read. Lot's of info about one of my favorite authors. Read about a lot of stories he wrote before and during World War II which are not usually available. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sandy Toes
Really not very interesting, at least to me. Wondering if the author sold many of the books Jd certainly was a different kind of man..Published 3 months ago by jacqueline spendlove
Shiz be off the chain. I emptied three highlighters during my read. Had to buy different colored highlighters so I could highlight over what I already highlighted. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ghostface
His war-time experiences in the infantry were among the worst (D Day and what followed going east). I re-read most of his work and concluded it is too precious for me. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Terry Mullin
Perfect, dust jacket like new, no marks of any kind, no problems, at my door quickly, would use again and I would recommend.Published 6 months ago by Charles D. Luther
This is a well-researched work, deserving a place in any college curriculum on American literature. The early part of the work (the first third), before Salinger becomes famous, is... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Anthony C Woods
Overall, its not a bad book on the life of J.D. Salinger but the author is a little sketchy on the details of Salinger service during World War Two. Read morePublished 6 months ago by ADBrown