J. D. SALINGER - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 06/20/1962 - HFSID 347994
J. D. SALINGER The author of The Catcher in the Rye signed this typed and framed letter with just his first name Typed Letter Signed: “Jerry”. One page. 8x9½ of letter visible. Dated June 20, 1962. Sent to “Ned”.
Sale Price $13,500.00
J. D. SALINGER The author of The Catcher in the Rye signed this typed and framed letter with just his first name Typed Letter Signed: “Jerry”. One page. 8x9½ of letter visible. Dated June 20, 1962. Sent to “Ned”. Message in part: “Many thanks for sending those sales figures. I haven't quite broken the code yet, but it makes absorbing reading anyway. I'm very glad and thankful that sales have been that good. Also, I go on taking a deep and possibly unwholesome pleasure in the physical appearance of the book, the simple comeliness of the jacket, binding, print, margins, size, etc. Not less so, certainly, since the British hard-cover cheap edition arrived here”. Includes a plaque and black and white image of the author. J. D. Salinger (1919-2010), born Jerome David Salinger in New York City, wrote his first novel The Catcher in the Rye in 1951. It 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1986, Salinger sought an injunction to block publication because he had not given Hamilton permission to quote from his unpublished letters.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, which makes this a particularly rare and desirable item. Letter lightly toned and creased, with marks in unknown hand. Frame has light scrape marks along bottom and on right edge. Back corners slightly chipped. Framed in the Gallery of History style: 30½x17½.
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