Salinger published twenty-two stories in various magazines which remain uncollected. Several attempts have been made to compile these stories together but have met stiff resistance by the author. While some are plainly of commercial quality, most are serious works containing an expansive gift of enlightenment and self-examination: that very-satisfying "Salinger moment". Provided here is a list of those stories, sorted by publication date and accompanied by a short synopsis of each. Burnett was the teacher of short story writing at Columbia where Salinger took his course. Salinger himself was twenty one at the time of its publication.
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Salinger published twenty-two stories in various magazines which remain uncollected. Several attempts have been made to compile these stories together but have met stiff resistance by the author.
While some are plainly of commercial quality, most are serious works containing an expansive gift of enlightenment and self-examination: that very-satisfying "Salinger moment". Provided here is a list of those stories, sorted by publication date and accompanied by a short synopsis of each. Burnett was the teacher of short story writing at Columbia where Salinger took his course. Salinger himself was twenty one at the time of its publication. The story satirizes the selfish concerns of a pair of young adults at a party and the festering shallowness of their lives.
The brother tries to force his sister to go see Eddie about a job. In the process, he reveals his knowledge of her affair with a married man. Forgotten for decades, this story was uncovered in by Salinger biographer Warren French. The positive ending to the story was fitting for the countries upcoming involvement in World War II and popular with the magazines of the time. Salinger pokes fun at the formulaic boy meets girl stories that appear with regularity in the magazines.
A very funny story, it also has a serious filp-side. The only story to be narrated by Salinger himself, it nonetheless shows his unwillingness to control his characters. Throughout this pessimistic story, Lois struggles to deal with the harshness of reality and maintain her own humanity. When, in , Story magazine requested permission to reprint this story, Salinger declined.
Ultimately, the good brother is destroyed due to his brothers actions. Salinger had hoped that this story would be made into a movie, but it did not happen.
Salinger was scornful of this story and hid the fact that it was analogous of the duality of his own nature. However, he ressurrected portions of this story in later works - primarily through the characters of Seymour and Buddy Glass. The story chronicles their struggles to mature from adolescence and the conflicts they encounter.
This was an experimental work for Salinger, who used it to explore different character-types and vernacular. Readers will doubtlessly sense the presence of Holden Caulfield in its main character.
It is possible that the character of Ruthie is based upon a Bainbridge, Georgia "peach" with whom Salinger had a romance. It was originally titled "Death of a Dogface. Salinger claimed indifference toward this story but it remains an important work ushering in "something new in [his] work" , and among his most intensely personal. Babe spends most of the time with his little sister, Mattie, until his fellow soldier Vincent Caufield comes over to spend the evening with them before departing in the morning.
In this story, Vincent announces his brother Holden has been reported Missing in Action. Oddly, this story was written when Salinger was already in England.
The setting is at the front, a soldier in his foxhole, trying to maintain his sanity by reading, and rereading a note sent from his sister. Again, Babe is a forunner of Holden and his relationship with his little sister Pheobe in Catcher in the Rye.
This is a stark and symbolic tale with an inspiring ending. As the story progresses we become increasingly protective of Elaine. But it also hints at the irretrivability of beauty once it has been crushed.
This story leaves Vincent in the throes of desperation and an unwillingness to accept. It is filled with peace-time reminiscences of the Caulfield family. Reprinted in New York, G.
Babe Gladwaller and his little sister Mattie reappear in "The Stranger". Afterwards, Babe has an epiphany through Mattie that changes his perception much as Holden will have through Phoebe and Teddy will have watching his own sister drink milk and renews him.
As all three of the Caulfield brothers are dead at the time of this story, this is chronologically the last of the Caulfield stories. It is likely that Salinger refers to this story in a July letter to Ernest Hemingway. With minor alteration, much of this story is familiar to readers as the chapter where Holden visits Mr.
The story follows Holden when he is home from Pency and goes to the movies, then skating with Sally Hayes. Followed by his drunken calls to her apartment late at night. Although written in , the New Yorker witheld its publication until after the war.
It has a strong Fitzgerald feel. The story involves a crew member falling in love with a engaged girl and their relationship on board. This story examines the relationship of poetry to art, art to spirituality, and spirituality to revelation. On his return to Vienna as a American soldier after the war, he seeks out the girl only to find she has been killed in a concentration camp.
Despite its very funny begining, this story examines the human ability to commit and acquiesce to atrocities, and convicts all people for that capability. Although the extent of the love relationship remains unknown, the basic events of this story actually happened to Salinger. After the war, Salinger had a powerful desire to reunite with the girl depicted in this story, going as far as to ask Counter Intelligence for a transfer to Vienna.
Originally titled "Wien, Wien". Reprinted in Best American Short Stories of , , pp It follows a promising Jazz singer as her career climbs, only to have it end when her appendicitis bursts and no hospital will treat her. Originally published in the New Yorker the story is a long letter from Seymour to his parents from camp where he and Buddy are staying for the summer.
Seymour shows himself an extremely precocious 7 year old. While enlightening, it is tinged with a hint of misfit sadness. The letter is relayed to us by Buddy who has recently discovered its existence. Buddy is now grown and Seymour has been dead for a number of years, making this find a bittersweet one.
The existence of the letter will surprise Glass fans as Seymour was notorious for avoiding letter-writing. The insights and perspectives contained in the letter are both remarkable and comforting. For Salinger fans, this is a vital work.
Get the whole story here. A teenager reads The Catcher in the Rye, then decides to read Franny and Zooey, then wants to read everything ever written by J. Fans are suddenly learning that Salinger only had one testicle and may have married a Gestapo informer , but the most exciting discovery is that more of his books are on the way. In the meantime, though, you can enjoy more Salinger stories than you may be aware of.
The inverted forest
Then in , the family moved to Park Avenue , and Salinger was enrolled at the McBurney School , a nearby private school. Salinger started his freshman year at New York University in He considered studying special education  but dropped out the following spring. That fall, his father urged him to learn about the meat-importing business, and he went to work at a company in the Austrian city of Vienna and the Polish city of Bydgoszcz. His disgust for the meat business and his rejection of his father most likely influenced his vegetarianism as an adult. According to Burnett, Salinger did not distinguish himself until a few weeks before the end of the second semester, at which point "he suddenly came to life" and completed three stories.
J. D. Salinger
Blotner, Joseph L. Also, I had just gone through a book entitled Salinger: A Critical and Personal Portrait, which contained nearly three hundred pages about the author contributed by twenty-five writers. Finally, I had seen a report that Salinger had given permission for the publication in book form of two more previously-published Glass stories, to be called Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction. The recent published and republished work itself is part of an extended phase of preoccupation with spiritual crises which has concerned the author for nearly ten years now, a phase in which the only change discernable has been an even more intense interest in the spiritual coupled with increasing experiment characterized most strikingly by prolixity of style. To indicate a further direction, all of this makes a Salinger adherent wish for certain things, almost for a moratorium now on Salinger criticism as well as for evidence that this gifted writer has assimilated the influences which have both informed and swamped his later work, evidence that he is ready to break through from a minor phase to a major one, as he once did earlier in his career.