So onto the topic that really fascinates me: the author of the book, Jerome David Salinger, and why he no longer publishes and has become a hermit.
Jerome David Salinger was born in 1919 to a half Jewish, half Irish Catholic New York family that was in the meat and cheese business. He wrote many pieces, but supposedly the two that provide the most incite into who J.D. Salinger, prefers to go by Jerry, is are Catcher in the Rye and Bananafish. After Catcher in the Rye was published in 1951 it gained mass notoriety which drove J.D. Salinger into hiding and then he stopped publishing all together. He stated that “publishing is a terrible invasion of my privacy. I like to write. I love to write. But I write just for myself and my own pleasure.” (The New York Times, 1974). I don’t believe this statement, possibly because I don’t understand it. Of course he writes for himself, we all write for ourselves, but I believe he stopped writing for the same reason that he started writing… to gain notoriety. Once he discovered how talented he was, how approving the general public was of his work he had to do something different. But could it be another book? Most likely not because another book would never gain the attention that Catcher in the Rye did, but everyone would expect that it should. The only place he could possibly go from Catcher in the Rye was down, unless of course he never publishes again. But he can’t stop writing because it is what he does, what he likes, what he loves. So he decides to drop of the face of the earth (some where in New Hampshire) and continue to write, but never to publish. He has always promised that his works can be published once he is dead, once his work can’t be criticized. Of course, this is all merely my opinion. But I truly believe that J.D. Salinger stopped publishing, not for his own pleasure like he claims, but in an effort to remain famous.