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Entertainment US Salinger - Legendary "Catcher in the Rye" author dies at 91; reax
01/29/2010
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NAME: US SALINGER 20100129I TAPE: EF10/0090 IN_TIME: 10:00:08:00 DURATION: 00:01:46:11 SOURCES: AP PHOTOS/ABC DATELINE: Various - 28 Jan 2010/ File RESTRICTIONS: Check shotlist for details SHOTLIST AP PHOTOS - NO ACCESS CANADA/FOR BROADCAST USE ONLY - STRICTLY NO ACCESS ONLINE OR MOBILE/ NO SALES FILE: Location unknown, United States - 1 January 1951 ++MUTE++ 1. STILL of J.D. Salinger, author of "The Catcher in the Rye", "Nine Stories", and "Franny and Zooey" ABC - NO ACCESS NORTH AMERICA / INTERNET FILE Date/Location Uknown ++MUTE++ 2. Close up of "The Catcher in the Rye" book 3. Pan right of author''s name, J.D. Salinger, across book 4. Various of book and its pages ABC - NO ACCESS NORTH AMERICA / INTERNET New York, New York - 28 January 2010 5. SOUNDBITE (English) David Remnick, Editor of the The New Yorker Magazine (++SOUNDBITE BEGINS IN PREVIOUS SHOT++) "Think of the opening sentences for Catcher in the Rye, before a paragraph is over you are into the mindset of a certain kind of kid, with certain kind of problems, in a certain country, at a certain period of time." ABC - NO ACCESS NORTH AMERICA / INTERNET Boston, Massachusetts - 28 January 2010 6. Mid of Boston College Professor Amy Boesky being interviewed (++MUTE++) 7. SOUNDBITE (English) Amy Boesky, Boston College Professor: "I think it changed the history of writing for adolescents in America, introduced a character that is unforgettable to all of us who know the book." ABC - NO ACCESS NORTH AMERICA / INTERNET FILE Cornish, New Hampshire - Date unknown ++MUTE++ 8. Close up of Salinger''s mailbox 9. Close up of sign reading (English) ''Private Property'' posted near Salinger''s home 10. Zoom in to Salinger''s house 11. Various of town where Salinger lived 12. Various of general store ABC - NO ACCESS NORTH AMERICA / INTERNET Cornish, New Hampshire - 28 January 2010 13. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Steve Taylor, Salinger''s former neighbour "I remember him most in terms of his resolute desire for privacy and the resolute respect of the people of Waynesfield and Cornish, to respect his privacy, to honour his privacy." ABC - NO ACCESS NORTH AMERICA / INTERNET Cornish, New Hampshire - Date Unknown ++MUTE++ 14. Various of editions of ''The Catcher in the Rye'' STORYLINE: J.D. Salinger, the legendary author, youth hero and fugitive from fame whose "The Catcher in the Rye" shocked and inspired a world he increasingly shunned, has died. He was 91. Salinger died of natural causes at his home on Wednesday, the author''s son, actor Matt Salinger, said in a statement from Salinger''s longtime literary representative, Harold Ober Associates, Inc. He had lived for decades in self-imposed isolation in a small, remote house in Cornish, N.H. "The Catcher in the Rye," with its immortal teenage protagonist, the twisted, rebellious Holden Caulfield, came out in 1951, a time of anxious, Cold War conformity and the dawn of modern adolescence. The Book-of-the-Month Club, which made "Catcher" a featured selection, advised that for "anyone who has ever brought up a son" the novel will be "a source of wonder and delight, and concern." Enraged by all the "phonies" who make "me so depressed I go crazy," Holden soon became American literature''s most famous anti-hero since Huckleberry Finn. The novel''s sales are astonishing, more than 60 (m) million copies worldwide, and its impact incalculable. Decades after publication, the book remains a defining expression of that most American of dreams: to never grow up. "Think of the opening sentences for Catcher in the Rye, before a paragraph is over you are into the mindset of a certain kind of kid, with certain kind of problems, in a certain country, at a certain period of time," said David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker, where many of Salinger''s stories appeared. Salinger was writing for adults, but teenagers from all over identified with the novel''s themes of alienation, innocence and fantasy, not to mention the luck of having the last word. "Catcher" presents the world as an ever-so-unfair struggle between the goodness of young people and the corruption of elders, a message that only intensified with the oncoming generation gap. Salinger''s other books don''t equal the influence or sales of "Catcher," but they are still read, again and again, with great affection and intensity. Critics, at least briefly, rated Salinger as a more accomplished and daring short story writer than John Cheever. The collection "Nine Stories" features the classic "For Esme, with Love and Squalor," the deadpan account of a suicidal Army veteran and the little girl he hopes, in vain, will save him. The fictional work "Franny and Zooey," like "Catcher," is a youthful, obsessively articulated quest for redemption, featuring a memorable argument between Zooey and his mother as he attempts to read in the bathtub. Salinger also wrote the novellas "Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters" and "Seymour, An Introduction," both featuring the neurotic, fictional Glass family that appeared in much of his work. His last published story, "Hapworth 16, 1928," ran in The New Yorker in 1965. By then, he was increasingly viewed like a precocious child whose manner had soured from cute to insufferable. In 1997, it was announced that "Hapworth" would be reissued as a book, prompting a (negative) New York Times review. The book, in typical Salinger style, didn''t appear. In 1999, New Hampshire neighbour Jerry Burt said the author had told him years earlier that he had written at least 15 unpublished books kept locked in a safe at his home. The mystery of the safe continued on Thursday. Salinger''s representative at the Ober agency, Phyllis Westberg, declined comment on whether the author had any unpublished work. Spokeswoman Heather Rizzo of Little, Brown and Co., Salinger''s longtime publisher, said she had "no news on future releases." Jerome David Salinger was born Jan. 1, 1919, in New York City. His father was a wealthy importer of cheeses and meat and the family lived for years on Park Avenue. Like Holden, Salinger was an indifferent student with a history of trouble in various schools. He was sent to Valley Forge Military Academy at age 15, where he wrote at night by flashlight beneath the covers and eventually earned his only diploma. In 1940, he published his first fiction, "The Young Folks," in Story magazine. He served in the Army from 1942 to 1946, carrying a typewriter with him most of the time, writing "whenever I can find the time and an unoccupied foxhole," he told a friend. Returning to New York, the lean, dark-haired Salinger pursued an intense study of Zen Buddhism but also cut a gregarious figure in the bars of Greenwich Village, where he astonished acquaintances with his proficiency in rounding up dates. One drinking buddy, author A.E. Hotchner, would remember Salinger as the proud owner of an "ego of cast iron," contemptuous of writers and writing schools, convinced that he was the best thing to happen to American letters since Herman Melville. Holden first appeared as a character in the story "Last Day of the Last Furlough," published in 1944 in the Saturday Evening Post. Salinger''s stories ran in several magazines, especially The New Yorker, where excerpts from "Catcher" were published. The world had come calling for Salinger, but Salinger was bolting the door. By 1952, he had migrated to Cornish. Three years later, he married Claire Douglas, with whom he had two children, Margaret and Matt, before their 1967 divorce. (Salinger was also briefly married in the 1940s to a woman named Sylvia; little else is known about her.) Meanwhile, he refused interviews, instructing his agent not to forward fan mail and reportedly spending much of his time writing in a cement bunker. Sanity, apparently, could only come through seclusion. Although Salinger initially contemplated a theatre production of "Catcher," with the author himself playing Holden, he turned down numerous offers for film or stage rights, including requests from Billy Wilder and Elia Kazan. Bids from Steven Spielberg and Harvey Weinstein were also rejected. In recent years, he was a notable holdout against allowing his books to appear in digital form.
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