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J. D. Salinger A Life (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0812982592
ISBN-13: 9780812982596
Sku: 221030288
Publish Date: 1/3/2012
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.5L x 1T
Pages:  464
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In this national bestseller, Slawenski examines the life of one of the most popular and mysterious figures in American literary history, the author of the classic "Catcher in the Rye," J.D. Salinger.
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Curiosity surrounded J. D. Salinger from beginning to end, fueled at first by his remarkable fiction and later by his own predilection toward extreme privacy. Kenneth Slawenski summons a deep resource of interviews and documentary evidence to satisfy that intrigue with J. D. SALINGER: A LIFE, serving up love affairs alongside the motivating impulse behind the bestselling author's attraction to Eastern thought. But Slawenski's special talent is tying his revelations strongly to Salinger's fiction, so that the literature that made the man worth prying into remains at the forefront of this biography.

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"At the heart of Slawenski's portrayal is his account of Salinger's experiences during World War II, when, in less than 11 months, he participated in the invasion of Normandy, helped liberate Paris and--if Slawenski has conjectured correctly--ended up confronting the human wreckage at Dachau...." - David L. Ulin 01/23/2011

"So who, then, was J. D. Salinger? Kenneth Slawenski's new biography offers perhaps the best chance we have to get behind the myth and find the man....[Slawenski's] range and original research provide an exacting road map to the contours of Salinger's life." - Matthew Price 01/23/2011

"The reclusive Salinger, who died a year ago at 91, seems to have found [his] ideal reader in his latest biographer, Kenneth Slawenski...author of a new life of Salinger that is earnest, sympathetic and perceptive." - Michiko Kakutani 02/11/2011

"For this reader, the great achievement of Slawenski's biography is its evocation of the horror of Salinger's wartime experience. Despite Salinger's reticence, Slawenski admirably retraces his movements and recreates the savage battles, the grueling marches and frozen bivouacs of Salinger's war. It's hard to think of an American writer who had more combat experience." - Jay McInerney 02/13/2011

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0464
Product attributePublisher:   Random House Trade
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