J.D. Salinger Will Publish Five More Goddamn Books

J.D. Salinger in 1952 Photograph by Antony Di Gesu/San Diego Historical Society/Hulton Archive Collection via Getty Images

Perhaps the greatest literary mystery of the past half-century was the famously guarded life of J.D. Salinger, the author who redefined high school syllabuses forever, then 14 years later disappeared to his compound in Cornish, N.H. “There is a marvelous peace in not publishing,” he told the New York Times in 1974. After his death in 2010, the burning question remained: When he wasn’t flashing displeasure at probing photographers and curious fans, what did Salinger do during the last 45 years of his life?

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