aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

Catch as Catch Can

Yesterday, January 1, was the birthday of JD Salinger. He has published only one novel but that novel was Catcher in the Rye. For years, we were represented the same literary agency, Harold Ober, something I was well aware of and I'm sure he never knew or cared about. One hears that he doesn't like being famous, in fact that he loathes the attention, but in a strange twist that probably only adds to his fame.

A few years back, a handyman called to work on something at his house claimed that he had seen an open safe with pages in it – presumably a new book. This actually qualified as news and was picked up in newspapers all over the country. When I asked my agent about it, she refused to divulge anything. I think you could have been put a gun to her head and she still wouldn't have spilled a single bean. Maybe even if there weren't any beans to spill.

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