Highlighted from Today’s Pages: J.D. Salinger Book and Movie On The Way

Did you see the news today about the new J.D. Salinger film and biography scheduled to be released next year?

The film, which will air on PBS within the coming year, promises to shatter “a myth that people have read about and believed for 60 years about J. D. Salinger (as) someone too pure to publish, too sensitive to be touched,” and replace it with the narrative of “an extraordinarily complex, deeply contradictory human being,” according to a statement from filmmaker-screenwriter Shane Salerno.

The renowned author published his landmark novel, A Catcher in the Rye, in 1951. He was highly protective of his personal privacy, and spent several decades in the Upper Valley until he died in Cornish at age 91.

What do you think? Will you watch the documentary? Or would you rather not, considering that Salinger was known for valuing his seclusion from fame? Let me know what you think at mcassidy@vnews.com.

In the meantime, Biography.com, the website for the A&E television channel, has a list of notable recluses for your perusal. Who would you add to the list?


‘Private’ Salinger Book And Film Coming Within Next Year

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

New York — A new J.D. Salinger film and biography are being billed as an unprecedented look into the mysterious life of the author of The Catcher In the Rye. Simon & Schuster announced yesterday that it had acquired The Private War of J.D. Salinger, an oral biography compiled by author David Shields and filmmaker-screenwriter Shane Salerno, whose screenplay credits …