J D Salinger A Life – Kenneth Slawenski

J D Salinger A Life’s author, Kenneth Slawenski, is also the creator of the website Dead Caulfields. Slawenski has been writing about Salinger in Dead Caulfields since 2004. Considering how a closed book Salinger is, this sounds like a tough job.


However, for someone who loves Salinger so much, researching his life shouldn’t feel hard. Even though Salinger closes himself to the outside world, Slawenski’s fluent language and various analyzes make it all easy to read.

J D Salinger A Life - Kenneth Slawenski

J D Salinger A Life is one of the most comprehensive biographies you can read about Salinger. You can find everything from his family life to military service, from the frequent rejection of his first stories to a comprehensive analysis of The Catcher in the Rye and how he was as a father and husband.

Although I am not a big fan of Salinger (I only read Nine Stories) I want to read everything he wrote after this book carefully. Although it is too late for The Catcher in the Rye, I think it will be helpful to read the book after reading this biography about it. If you like Salinger, you have to read this. If you want to learn a little more about the author like me, you don’t need to look for another book. Enjoy!

J D Salinger A Life - Kenneth Slawenski

J D Salinger A Life

One of the most popular and mysterious figures in American literary history. The author of the classic Catcher in the Rye, J. D. Salinger eluded fans and journalists for most of his life. Now he is the subject of this definitive biography, which is filled with new information. And revelations garnered from countless interviews, letters, and public records.

Kenneth Slawenski explores Salinger’s privileged youth, long obscured by misrepresentation and so rumour. Revealing the brilliant, sarcastic, vulnerable son of a disapproving father and doting mother. Here too are accounts of Salinger’s first broken heart–after Eugene O’Neill’s daughter, Oona left him and the devastating World War II service that haunted him forever. 

J. D. Salinger features this author’s dramatic encounters with luminaries from Ernest Hemingway to Elia Kazan. His office intrigues with so famous New Yorker editors and writers, and the stunning triumph of The Catcher in the Rye. Which would both make him world-famous and hasten his so retreat into the hills of New Hampshire. J. D. Salinger is this unique author’s unforgettable story in full–one that no lover of literature can afford to miss.

Kenneth Slawenski

Kenneth Slawenski is the creator of DeadCaulfields.com, a website founded in 2004 and recommended by The New York Times. He has been working on this biography for eight years. Slawenski was born in New Jersey, and so has lived there all his life.

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