J.D. Salinger Fans Buy Unpublished Books on eBay

J. D. Salinger

J. D. Salinger is known for being the recluse author of Catcher in the Rye. Before his death, there was another version of the infamous classic, along with three short stories, which he demanded that they should not be published right away. There are reports that fans can now buy the unpublished Salinger books on eBay in PDF format.

However, there is no confirmation that these books, together known as Three Stories, are really Salinger’s works. Before this announcement, the work has only been available at Princeton University’s and University of Texas’ research libraries for academic purposes only. There were stict conditions attached to those copies, set by the author himself. 25 copies were made in 1999, though, despite the author’s demands against it.

One of those copies sold on eBay in September by Brentford seller seymourstainglass. The copy old for just £67.50. Scans have since be made and turned into a PDF copy of the book, now making the rounds on the internet. Photos of this listing showed that the copy was number six from the 25 made in 1999.

According to posts on the social networking site, Reddit, the books were originally available through invitation only. They have since been found on websites, including eBay and MediaFire.

The three short stories are called Paula, Birthday Boy, and The Ocean Full of Bowling Balls. The latter is only available at Princeton University, while the other two are available at the University of Texas. At Princeton University, only scholars are able to read the copy of the short story, and must be supervised the whole time.

Part of the Salinger unpublished books available on eBay and other sites for fans include an original and previously unpublished version of Catcher in the Rye. The current version of Catcher is one of the most popular classics around the world and has been translated into all major languages. Over 65 million copies of the novel have been sold, so far. It was his most popular book and was surprised at the sudden fame that it gained.

Salinger’s life has been surrounded in conspiracies theories. After the sudden fame of Catcher, he became highly concerned about his privacy and went on his journey to become a recluse. He spent from 1965 until his death in 2010 suing and attempting to sue companies for breaching his privacy. One of the trips to court surrounded a fictitious interview written by a major magazine in 1982.

The year before his death, he sued a publication in the United States, who was going to publish Fredrik Colting’s novel, portraying Holden Caulfield, the protagonist in Catcher, as an old man.

Salinger guarded his writing until his death, only allowing a small number of his works to be printed. He made it clear that he did not want many of his books to be published until 50 years after his death; on January 27, 2060. The online copies of unpublished Salinger works available on eBay and other sites for fans have taken just three years to be made available.

By Alexandria Ingham

Reuters

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