[lit-ideas] Re: Salingeriana

  • From: Donal McEvoy <donalmcevoyuk@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2013 15:31:04 +0100 (BST)

Popper expressed a view on Catcher, surprisingly enough. Tried to google this 
and came up http://americandigest.org/mt-archives/grace_notes/salinger.php 
where the following quotation from Popper is used"It is impossible to speak in 
such a way that you cannot be misunderstood." This, though worth quoting, isn't 
the view I had in mind.

Anyway, it might interest (JLS at least) to guess which of the following 
expresses Popper's view:

(a) Catcher is an incisive portrait of the adolescent mindset.

(b) Catcheris a significant document of the US-Soviet Cold War.

(c) Catcherillustrates how American society and culture is 'rootless' in 
comparison to the European.

(d) Catchertakes a Lockean theory of knowledge and applies it, comically, to 
the growing pains of a sensitive young man.

getting tired (aren't we all)

rom: "Jlsperanza@xxxxxxx" <Jlsperanza@xxxxxxx>

To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
Sent: Monday, 23 September 2013, 1:52
Subject: [lit-ideas] Salingeriana

There is a new documentary out -- the seriously first, I guess -- on author 
of "Catcher in the rye". 

Can't say A O Scott of the New York Times was specially impressed:


This from wikipedia, below, caught my interest.

Fascinating author.

His legacy survives and there's a detailed schedule for publication of  
sequels to the Glass and the Caulfield sagas.

I find Holden's mis-hearing of Burns' delightful: when a body CATCHES a  
body -- comin' thro' the rye...




"A  year later, Salinger's daughter Margaret by his second wife Claire 
Douglas,  published Dream Catcher: A Memoir. In her book, she described the 
harrowing  control Salinger had over her mother and dispelled many of the 
Salinger myths  established by Ian Hamilton's book. One of Hamilton's arguments 
was that  Salinger's experience with post-traumatic stress disorder left him  
psychologically scarred, and that he was unable to deal with the traumatic  
nature of his war service. Though Ms. Salinger allowed that "the few men who 
lived through 'Bloody Mortain,' a battle in which her father fought, were 
left  with much to sicken them, body and soul",[40] she also painted a 
picture of her  father as a man immensely proud of his service record, 
maintaining his military  haircut and service jacket, and moving about his 
(and town) in an old  Jeep."

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