Salinger: The Classic Critical and Personal Portrait

Salinger: The Classic Critical and Personal Portrait

by Henry Anatole Grunwald


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ISBN-13: 9780061852503
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/29/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 287
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Henry Anatole Grunwald (1922-2005) was a celebrated editor, journalist, and writer. He was managing editor of Time magazine and subsequently editor in chief of Time Inc. He served as America's ambassador to Austria, the country of his birth. He was the author of six books, including One Man's America and A Saint, More or less.

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Salinger: The Classic Critical and Personal Portrait 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
joemmama on LibraryThing 5 months ago
"Salinger-The classic critical and personal portrait by more than twenty of his contemporaries" is a fascinating look at a very private person who it seems, accidentally became famous. Originally written in 1962, before he became as famous as a recluse as he was an author, many of the pieces were published in magazines such as Harper's, Time, The Nation, The New Republic, and others.Reading the thoughts and opinions of writers like John Updike, Dan Wakefield, Joan Didion, William Wiegand, and others was fascinating, and insightful. It makes me wonder what they might say today, 40-50 years later.His Glass family stories are covered in depth and of course Catcher in the Rye, Franny and Zooey.Introduced and edited by Henry Anatole Grunwald, "Salinger" is an interesting look at his work and a tiny bit of his life.I received this book from Meredith at Harper Perennial for review. Thank You!
harstan More than 1 year ago
This is a reprint of an intriguing 1962 series of twelve round table essays exploring J. D. Salinger's life and contribution trying to determine whether the recluse was in the title of one topic a "Magician, Clubman or Guru". Many boomers read this compilation while attending college English Literature class drawing conclusions re Salinger's place in American literature history while appreciating his profound look at teen angst. Ironically, the editor Henry Anatole Grunwald died in 2005 while the reclusive nonagenarian author remains alive. Fascinating as Mr. Salinger has not published anything in over four decades and not interviewed in three, the entries feel somewhat dated yet well written and insightful nonetheless. Especially enlightening are the articles associated with "The Invisible Man" and "Holden and Huck: A Quest". However, unlike Mark Twain, The Catcher in the Rye published in 1951 is Mr. Salinger's only novel (although there were several well regarded short stories especially in the New Yorker magazine). Like the ducks in Central Park, Salinger continues to swim in a unique psyche of American literature pond with perhaps only Harper Lee somewhat nearby. Harriet Klausner