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Based on eight years of exhaustive research and exclusive interviews with more than 200 people, this is a global cultural event: the definitive biography of one of the most beloved and mysterious figures of the 20th century. For more than 50 years, the ever elusive author of 'The Catcher in the Rye' has been the subject of a relentless stream of newspaper and magazine articles as well as several biographies. Yet Salinger has remained, astonishingly, an more

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  • Hardback | 720 pages
  • 161.04 x 239.01 x 48.01mm | 926g
  • Simon & Schuster Ltd
  • Simon & Schuster UK
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • b&w integrated
  • 1471130371
  • 9781471130373
  • 343,887

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"Refreshingly frank about [Salinger's] many shortcomings and how they might have affected his work . . . "Salinger" amply documents the author's youthful arrogance and selfishness, his infatuation with his own cleverness and his inability to see the world from the perspective of anyone who wasn't a lot like himself."--Laura Miller "Salon "show more

About David Shields

David Shields is the author of two novels, Dead Languages and Heroes; a collection of linked stories, A Handbook for Drowning; and three previous works of non-fiction. He is a professor in the English department at the University of Washington. Shane Salerno is the writer, producer, and director of Salinger, the highly anticipated documentary film about J. D. Salinger that will premiere theatrically in September more

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