Will the Real J.D. Salinger Please Stand Up?

September 4, 2013

The world’s most reclusive author is releasing a bunch of new books.
Can you figure out which ones they are?

j.d. salinger catcher in the ryeCatcher in the Rye author J.D. Salinger was as famous for being a recluse who never published much after his famous 1951 novel as he was for that seminal book. After Salinger died at age 91 in 2010, there was wide speculation that if he’d been writing during all those years holed up in his house in New Hampshire, scores of books might finally see the light of day. And now, they are. Salinger’s estate has been settled, and it includes detailed instructions regarding how he wanted five completely unseen books to be released.

Fans have wondered for years what those books might be, and Uncle John is no exception. In Fake Facts, our book of completely made-up and silly trivia that sounds true but isn’t, we included a piece about imaginary lost works of Salinger called “The Salinger Vault.” Can you guess which of the following are books from the real Salinger vault that will soon be published …and which came from the phony Salinger vault in Fake Facts? (Answers at the bottom.)

1- A collection of allegorical tales about an ancient Indian religion.

2- A book of essays about his favorite foods, including peas and lamb burgers.

3- A series of short stories about the relatives of Holden Caulfield, the protagonist of The Catcher in the Rye.

4- A ‘70s-set sequel to The Catcher in the Rye.

5- A book about a family of ex-vaudeville performers.

6- A book about the craziness of signature collecting.

7- An autobiographical novella about Salinger’s time as a soldier in World War II.

8- A novel about a Nazi-fighting adventurer set during World War II.

9- An autobiographical novel about Salinger’s marriage while he was a solider during World War II.

Real Salinger: 1), 3), 5), 7), 9)

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