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Salinger: The Classic Critical and Personal Portrait

3.56 of 5 stars 3.56  ·  rating details  ·  32 ratings  ·  2 reviews
Now back in print—a timeless collection of essays celebrating one of American literature's most acclaimed and enigmatic icons

J. D. Salinger's provocative writing and unmatched eye for the contours of American youth have earned him a place in literary and cultural history. Few living American writers enjoy more exuberant and widespread acclaim—though in his ninety years Sa
Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 29th 2009 by Harper Perennial (first published December 1st 1964)
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Hannah  Messler
The Kazin-and-Updike section of this made me so angry I LITRILLY had to put it down and go running.

The rest ranges from blah to yes-yes-yes! But all the former is stuff you've read a thousand times in college, and the latter just stuff you already know, if you aren't some kind of creep. Three stars.
Jamison Spencer
Great collection of essays from Salinger's contemporaries. Surprisingly, they were mostly negative, and I rarely agreed with their arguments, but I had a great time arguing in my head as I read along.
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