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If You Really Want to Hear About It: Writers on J.D. Salinger and His Work Paperback – June 13, 2006
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I think that Salinger brought this on himself by the vacuum he created by ceasing to publish in 1965. And I have some admiration for those who ventured to go to Cornish NH to try to remove his armor, or at least his helmet, to quote from one of his own stories.
I wouldn't attempt it myself; I was reminded of a couple of classmates from the University of Chicago who drove down to Oxford, Miss., and located William Faulkner's house. They were prowling around outside when the author came out onto the porch and pointed out that they were on private property. I suppose they thought he would say, "How would you boys like to come in and have a cup of coffee, and I'll tell you all about my new novel."
If we can't read Salinger, we can read about him. Worth the time, in my opinion.
It would be unfair to characterize this collection as such as it contains many fine and interesting reviews of the work. Still a considerable part is those kind of hunting out the writer essays which usually give us little more than we knew before.
The present work has interviews, reviews of his work, assessments of his literary place in the Tradition. Among the writers are Updike, Mary McCarthy, Eudora Welty, Ron Rosenbaum, Michiko Kakutani, and perhaps most importantly Salinger's daughter Margeret and his former girlfriend Joyce Maynard.
This work should be of great interest to real fans of Salinger even if it doesnot give complete analysis of the work.