A Letter From The Publisher: Sep. 15, 1961

ONE of the best-known passages in The Catcher in the Rye is Holden Caulfield's comment: "What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it." Fans of Author Salinger are an especially frustrated lot; there is no calling him up "whenever you felt like it." He is the most private of public authors.

The job of gathering the facts about him for this...

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