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Future Salinger works will revive America’s interest

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J.D. Salinger, the reclusive author of The Catcher in the Rye, recently died. His seclusion and abandonment of American society has been noted several times, but with his death come questions about the past 50 years of written material: What will become of his legacy? In popular culture, Salinger has come close to becoming the manifestation of his solitary character Holden Caulfield, only arising out of silence to prevent the butchering of his works.

Salinger once stated he had 15 unpublished novels. If he spoke the truth, the American public will see a renaissance of Salinger. Hopefully his daughter has begun to send manuscripts to an editor and work has already begun to see the release of his writing. Most likely, the first of his novels will be published in two or three years, giving editors and publications enough time to sort out his intentions with the novels. With such a reclusive and personal author as Salinger, heavily editing his works would result in one of the greatest crimes ever committed in literary history. Rumors have suggested that he gave instructions to his daughter as to how his works should be released.

Because of Salinger’s iconic reclusive nature, his cultural status is infamous through every living generation. Salinger was the author to know and read during his time. Both professors and the youth of today have been influenced by his works, and with further publications Salinger will become a focus of American culture. With the conclusion of the Harry Potter and the Twilight series, Salinger’s works will become the biggest literary releases. Both young adults and policy makers will read the same fiction, except the substance of these novels will be more fulfilling than J.K. Rowling’s simplistic Harry Potter series and Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight drivel-on-paper saga. This will not lead America into more serious fiction, a la Delillo, Pynchon, or McCarthy. However, it will allow America to discuss literature with substance.

The most important aspect of these publications, should they happen, will be to reveal Salinger’s true substance. He is not the “catcher in the rye,” as some would have us believe. His seclusion is not because of phoniness or tainted morality. Salinger’s mystique will begin to disperse, revealing him simply to be a great novelist who despised fame.

He is the man who caught America’s attention at his prime, and he will catch it once again years after his death.