People: Dec. 1, 1997

IF A BODY MEET A BODY...

If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is, What the heck was he thinking? In 1972 J.D. SALINGER, then 53, read a piece in the New York Times Magazine by JOYCE MAYNARD, 18; he wrote her a letter, invited her to his New Hampshire hermitage and then shacked up with her for nine months. Now Maynard is ready to dissect her relationship with the world's most private writer in an upcoming book. Salinger, meanwhile, doesn't feel like going into it, if you want to know the...

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