J.D. Salinger (Twayne's United States Authors Series) by Warren G. French

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R~He broke his long in the New [30] silence in January, 1955, with the publication first of tbe stories about the Yorker of "Franny," the "That David Copperfield Kind of Crap' Glass family which have occupied him for nearly a decade. Tack Skow describes this story, which has been enormously popular with college people, as Salinger's wedding gift to Claire Douglas, the London-born Radcliffe girl whom he surprised the world by marrying at Barnard, Vermont, on February 1955. 36 On December 10 of the same year, the Salingers became the parents of a daughter, Margaret Ann.

When the interview he granted Shirley Blaney was given more prominence than he had anticipated, he may have supposed that he was being exploited by the last members of the public he trusted and that, therefore, he must withdraw altogether into a circle of intimate friends whom he could importune not to talk about him. Whatever the reasons, the year of 1954 is a blank in his history. r~He broke his long in the New [30] silence in January, 1955, with the publication first of tbe stories about the Yorker of "Franny," the "That David Copperfield Kind of Crap' Glass family which have occupied him for nearly a decade.

II Ironically, indifference Some Old School Salinger himself Tries was a victim when he was denied of the universe's the chance to have published as early as 1941 or 1942 a story in what was to become his best-loved vein. The New Yorker had purchased "Slight Rebellion Off Madison," an early installment in the Holden Caulfield saga, in 1941, but did not publish it because of America's entry into World War II. In the meantime Salingerhimself drafted into the service cast about, principally in the pages of the Saturday Evening Post, for a satisfactory means of expressing artistically.

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