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J. D. SALINGER - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 03/12/1989 - HFSID 286054

Exceedingly rare handwritten letter, instructions to his maid, signed by Salinger in 1989. Items autographed by the reclusive Salinger are very seldom offered for sale! This one offers unique insight into the author's frame of mind and personality.

Sale Price $16,200.00

Reg. $18,000.00

Condition: lightly creased, otherwise fine condition
Accompanied by PSA/DNA COA
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J.D. SALINGER Exceedingly rare handwritten letter, instructions to his maid, signed by Salinger in 1989. Items autographed by the reclusive Salinger are very seldom offered for sale! This one offers unique insight into the author's frame of mind and personality. Exceedingly rare ALS: "J.D. Salinger", 1 page, 8½x11. No place but probably Cornish, New Hampshire, 1989 March 12. On his JSD monogrammed stationery to Mary. He tells her that before she leaves for her vacation she should do all her errands so that he would not have to be bothered with those activities, thanking her in advance. As many collectors are well aware, J.D. Salinger (1919-2010) was extremely guarded about his personal life, so much so that he sought injunctions against authors and autograph dealers attempting to publish his letters. J.D. Salinger's first novel, The Catcher in the Rye (1951) immediately became a Book-of-the-Month Club selection and won huge international acclaim. It still sells about 250,000 copies annually. His novellas, Franny and Zooey, were published in "The New Yorker" in 1955 and 1957, respectively. When published as Franny and Zooey in 1961, the book stayed on "The New York Times" bestseller list for six months. When Ian Hamilton's unauthorized biography, J.D. Salinger: A Writing Life, was about to be published by Random House in late 1986, Salinger sought an injunction to block publication because he had not given Hamilton permission to quote from his unpublished letters. The U.S. District Court ruled against the injunction, but Salinger's appeal was successful. Random House petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court in 1987, seeking a review of the lower-court decision. In October, the Supreme Court denied the petition. The book was rewritten and the new version, In Search of J.D. Salinger, was published in 1988, a year before this letter was written. In 1992, a fire broke out in Salinger's Cornish house, but he managed to flee from the reporters who saw an opportunity to interview him. Salinger's autograph in any form is scarce and desirable. Because of Salinger's obsession with his privacy, his letters are almost never offered for sale. As there have been numerous articles regarding this manuscript letter in the worldwide media, it is important to note that in the manuscript collectors' world "content" is king. This letter provides a unique insight into the frame of mind and personality of Mr. Salinger. Lightly creased. Fine condition. Accompanied by PSA/DNA LOA.

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