J. D. SALINGER - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 10/30/1977 - HFSID 280143
J. D. SALINGER Author J. D. Salinger demonstrates his almost legendary reclusiveness in this typed, signed letter from 1977, in which he asks someone not to photograph him. Accompanied by original mailing envelope.
Sale Price $12,600.00
J. D. SALINGER
Author J. D. Salinger demonstrates his almost legendary reclusiveness in this typed, signed letter from 1977, in which he asks someone not to photograph him. Accompanied by original mailing envelope. Autographed material in any form from the hermit-like Salinger is extremely rare and are almost never offered for sale, making this letter highly desirable.
Typed letter signed "JDS". 1 page, 8½x11. Cornish, New Hampshire, Oct. 20, 1977. Salinger wrote this letter to John Carton of Claremont, New Hampshire from his home in Cornish, where he moved in 1953, to ask Carton not to photograph him. In full: "I'm afraid I can only say again that I prefer not to be photographed. Do, please, for your own convenience as well as mine, consider this reply as final." As many collectors are well aware, Salinger was extremely guarded about his personal life, so much so that he sought injunctions against authors and autograph dealers attempting to publish his letters. Lightly toned and creased. Folded once horizontally and twice vertically. Small separation in horizontally fold. Otherwise in fine condition. Accompanied by: Original mailing envelope. Postmarked Windsor, Vermont, Oct. 31, 1977. Addressed to Mr. John Carton, Claremont, New Hampshire. With one brown-and-white 13¢ Liberty Tree stamp affixed. Lightly creased. Torn open at left edge. Otherwise in fine condition. 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1986, Salinger sought an injunction to block publication because he had not given Hamilton permission to quote from his unpublished letters.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.
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