It’s been a very big year for J.D Salinger fans.
In August the New York Times reported that five previously unpublished works by Salinger are scheduled to be released between 2015 and 2020. If the works are published then they will be the first of his manuscripts to be printed since Hapworth, 16,1924 was featured in the New Yorker in 1965.
The report came from a documentary released in September by film maker Shane Salerno. The appropriately titled, Salinger, explored the life and writings of the famously private author.
The film was accompanied by a novel, also titled Salinger, which Salerno wrote with David Shields. The book made similar claims suggesting that Salinger’s estate was instructed to posthumously release the works, which feature the Glass family from Franny and Zooey, and the infamous Holden Caulfield from The Catcher in the Rye.
However yesterday fans were treated to three unpublished Salinger manuscripts which were published on Reddit. Due to copyright claims preventing material being released without consent of Salinger’s estate, the material Three Stories has been now been removed from Reddit.
But this is the internet, so naturally the manuscript has be popping up as a pdf file that can be downloaded. And if you would rather see the work legally, a copy was donated by Salinger to Princeton University which you can read under supervision.
Even though Salinger did not publish work from 1965 until his death in 2010, he claimed to write every single day for his own enjoyment. These unpublished works may not be the last that we see over the years to come. But we may have to wait until 2015 for our next Salinger fix.