J. D. Salinger Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: January 1, 1919 in New York City, New York
Died: January 27, 2010 in Cornish, New Hampshire
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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1986, Salinger sought an injunction to block publication because he had not given Hamilton permission to quote from his unpublished letters.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.
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  • 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. read more...

    Sale Price $16,200.00


  • 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”. read more...

    Sale Price $13,500.00


  • 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. read more...

    Sale Price $12,600.00


  • Remarkable 1989 typed letter to his division commander in World War II, signed as "Jerry Salinger," sharing with Colonel Reeder the type of personal information - including a past encounter with baseball Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk - which Salinger usually concealed so zealously. read more...

    Sale Price $12,600.00


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