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Shirlie Blaney
Twin State Telescope ...Interview with an Author

 

(During the preparation of the recent student edition of the Daily Eagle, Miss Shirlie Blaney of the class of 1954 at Windsor high school, spied Jerome David Salinger, author of the bestseller "Catcher in the Rye," in a Windsor restaurant. Mr. Salinger, who recently bought a home in Cornish, obliged the reporter with the following interview.) 

An author of many articles and a few stories, including "Catcher in the Rye," was interviewed and provided us with an interesting life story. 

A very good friend of all high school students, Mr. Salinger has many older friends as well, although he has been coming here only a few years. He keeps very much to himself, wanting only to be left alone to write. He is a tall and foreign looking man of 34, with a pleasing personality. 

Jerome David Salinger was born on January 1, 1919, in New York. He went to public grammar schools while his high school years were spent at Valley Forge Military academy in Pennsylvania. During this time he was writing. His college education included New York university, where he studied for two years. 

With his father, he went to Poland to learn the ham shipping business. He didn't care for this, but he accomplished something by learning the German language. 


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Later he was in Vienna for ten months, but came back and went to Ursinus college. Due to lack of interest, he left at mid-years and went to Columbia university. All this time he was still writing. 

Mr. Salinger's first story was published at the age of 21. He wrote for two years for the Saturday Evening Post, Esquire, Mademoiselle and many more. He later worked on the liner "Kungsholm" in the West Indies, as an entertainer. He was still writing for magazines and college publications. At the age of 23, he was drafted. He spent two years in the Army which he disliked because he wanted all of his time to write. 


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He started working on "Catcher in the Rye," a novel, in 1941 and finished it in the summer of 1951. It was a Book-of-the-Month club selection for the month, and later came out as a pocket book. 

The book is a study of a troubled adolescent boy. When asked if it was in any way autobiographical, Mr. Salinger said: "Sort of, I was much relieved when I finished it. My boyhood was very much the same as that of the boy in the book, and it was a great relief telling people about it." 

About two years ago he decided to come to New England. He came through this section. He liked it so much that he bought his present home in Cornish. 

His plans for the future include going to Europe and Indonesia. He will go first to London perhaps to make a movie. 

One of his books, "Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut," has been made into a movie, "My Foolish Heart." 


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About 75 per cent of his stories are about people under 21 and 40 per cent of those about youngsters under 12. 

His second book was a collection of nine stories. They first appeared in the New Yorker. 

The Claremont Daily Eagle, Nov 13, 1953


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