Salinger’s “The Catcher in the Rye”, Golding’s “Lord of the Flies” and Auchincloss’s “The Rector of Justin”, were probably the only three novels that members of my college generation willingly read from cover-to-cover.
Comment by Gregorius Mercator — January 28, 2010 @ 11:12 pm
What a tragedy. I suppose he did live a long and productive life, though. The one bright side to this is we will finally get to see the rest of his works that he marked for publication posthumously.
The literary world is a darker place with Mr. Salinger. Requiescat in pace and thanks for sending me Holden Caulfield when I was first realizing I was in a world of goddam phonies.
re: things like this happening in threes: Yes, the third is historian Howard Zinn. I think they all died within 2 days of each other. You never know who you’re going to bump up against on the obit page. Good company for all 3 writers. I did not meet Mr. Auchincloss but worked on his book “The Style’s the Man” at Scribners in the early ’90s. RIP omnes. –ML
Comment by Gregorius Mercator — January 30, 2010 @ 12:39 am
Oops – that should read “the literary world is a darker place withOUT MR. Salinger.”