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Salinger: The Classic Critical and Personal Portrait

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Now back in print, Salinger: A Critical and Personal Portrait is a classic collection of critical and personal essays on J.D. Salinger, author of The Catcher in the Rye, by more than 20 of the most acclaimed writers and critics of his era—including John Updike, Alfred Kazin, and Arthur Mizner. Revived for Salinger’s 90th year, Salinger: A Critical and Personal Portrait off ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 29th 2009 by Harper Perennial (first published December 1st 1964)
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Hannah Garden
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.
Judy Richey
Nov 03, 2015 rated it did not like it
A study in professional envy for the most part. Almost all the male authors took shots at the material. Two women rated Salinger's books highly, and one fully understood the religious perspective of his writing. Compassionate love is in all of his work. Salinger,to my mind,is a Buddhist who wrote words pried from the heart and soul.
Jamison Spencer
Nov 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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