I already mentioned my excitement for the new biography of J.D. Salinger being released this week (September 3rd). Rumor is that the book contains information about the author that hasn’t been revealed before, from new sources not found in previous biographies. But one of the most exciting rumors is that the book (and the film it accompanies) promises the release of new works by Salinger that no one has seen before.
Apparently there are five books slated to be released. According to The New York Times:
One collection, to be called “The Family Glass,” would add five new stories to an assembly of previously published stories about the fictional Glass family, which figured in Mr. Salinger’s “Franny and Zooey” and elsewhere, according to the claims, which surfaced in interviews and previews of the documentary and book last week.
Another would include a retooled version of a publicly known but unpublished tale, “The Last and Best of the Peter Pans,” which is to be collected with new stories and existing work about the fictional Caulfields, including “Catcher in the Rye.” The new works are said to include a story-filled “manual” of the Vedanta religious philosophy, with which Mr. Salinger was deeply involved; a novel set during World War II and based on his first marriage; and a novella modeled on his own war experiences.
What I’m especially interested in is how these new books will change the way society views the existing works by Salinger, especially Catcher in the Rye. Will other stories about the Caulfields be taught in American high schools alongside the original book we have? Personally, I loved Catcher when I was in high school (thanks in great part to an excellent English teacher), and I would have been happy to study other books or stories relating to the family in order to see how a change in narrator might alter the story the reader is told.
The article does not say when we can expect to see some of these new works of Salinger’s , but hopefully we’ll learn more after September 3rd!