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In Search of J D Salinger epub

by Ian Hamilton


In Search of J D Salinger epub

ISBN: 0679722203

ISBN13: 978-0679722205

Author: Ian Hamilton

Category: Memoris

Subcategory: Arts & Literature

Language: English

Publisher: Vintage; 1st Vintage Books ed edition (July 17, 1989)

Pages: 222 pages

ePUB book: 1106 kb

FB2 book: 1816 kb

Rating: 4.9

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Salinger also insisted that Claire drop out of school and live with him, only four months shy of graduation, which . The book was not published.

Salinger also insisted that Claire drop out of school and live with him, only four months shy of graduation, which she di.

Ian Hamilton wrote two books on J. D. Salinger. Only one, this one, was published

Ian Hamilton wrote two books on J. Only one, this one, was published. The first, called J. Salinger: A Writing Life, despite undergoing many changes to accommodate Salinger was still victim of a legal ban. Salinger objected to the use of his letters, in the end to any use of them. The first book had to be shelved. With great enterprise and determination however, Ian Hamilton set to and wrote this book which is more, much more, than an emasculated version of the first

When Ian Hamilton set out in 1983 to write a biography of Salinger, he knew that there would be difficulties.

When Ian Hamilton set out in 1983 to write a biography of Salinger, he knew that there would be difficulties. Salinger: A Writing Life. by. Ian Hamilton (Author). Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Are you an author? Learn about Author Central.

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Salinger: A Biography. New York: Random House, 1988. Salinger is a remarkable book in which a major biographer, critic, and poet has unearthed surprising quantities of information from sources other than Salinger himself, revealing what has never before been known about one of our most distinguished writers of fiction-and taking us along on his own turbulent journey in the process. The book became a cause celebre when Salinger himself came out of hiding in 1984 to challenge Hamilton's right to quote from his unpublished letters, and his suit was upheld on appeal. The book, already in galleys, had to be rewritten and none of the trove of material that Hamilton had uncovered could be used.

Salinger is a famous American author, known for ‘The Catcher in the Rye’, a novel that is popular even today. Read on for detailed information about his childhood, profile, career and timeline. The book was supposed to use letters written by the former, and this meant a breach of privacy. During the same decade, he was dating actress Elaine Joyce, before he got married in 1988 to a nurse named Colleen, who was forty years younger than the writer. Dariush Mehrjui, a filmmaker from Iran, directed a movie, 'Pari', based on the writer's famous book, 'Franny and Zooey'.

бесплатно, без регистрации и без смс. Ian Hamilton wrote two books on J. Only one, this one, was published

бесплатно, без регистрации и без смс. With great enterprise and determination however, Ian Hamilton set to and wrote this book which is more, much more, than an emasculated version of the first.

In 1984 the British literary critic Ian Hamilton approached Mr. Salinger with the notion of writing his biography. Both books nevertheless added a creepy, Howard Hughesish element to the Salinger legend. Not surprisingly, Mr. Salinger turned him down, saying he had borne all the exploitation and loss of privacy I can possibly bear in a single lifetime. Mr. Salinger was controlling and sexually manipulative, Ms. Maynard wrote, and a health nut obsessed with homeopathic medicine and with his diet (frozen peas for breakfast, undercooked lamb burger for dinner).

Uses interviews and public records to reconstruct the elusive writer's life, and discusses his major fiction
This is not about Salinger; it is about Hamilton's efforts, which failed, to corner Salinger and force him to reveal personal details. Hamilton calls it a victory because he forced Salinger to appear in court, but ultimately Salinger got his wish not to be revealed.
great reading about the life of a great author
I picked up a copy of this book in a used book store recently. I remember reading reviews about the book and the "fair use" controversy when it was first blocked and then later revised and published. I'm glad I finally read it. Like Hamilton, I fell under Salinger's spell in my youth, and I enjoyed reading Hamilton's account of the Salinger attraction. It is true that Hamilton's stylistic affectation of carrying on "debates" with his alter ego "biographer" can be distracting at first, but I found some of the points he made about his conflicting views and motives while researching and writing the book instructive. In fact, Hamilton did a good deal of orignial research, turned up some valuable new information about Salinger, especially in letters that were not previously known, and wrote a fair and balanced account of the difficulties of writing a biography about a writer as complicated and contradictory as J.D. Salinger. This is a good book both for Salinger fans, and for those who just don't get the Salinger phenomenon. I came away with a better understanding of Salinger's appeal and of the neuroses that account for it. There were many moments when I found myself agreeing with Hamilton even when I had a somewhat different take on Salinger and his possible motives. But Hamilton allows for those differences and provides the evidence for arriving at them.
Like so many readers and fans of Salinger I too have had great curiosity about ' who he really is'. So when the Hamilton book came along I was eager to see what he had discovered that was not already well- known. Despite reservations I share with Salinger about the mistakeness of wanting to know more about the writer than his creation, I did have a look at this work, and learn some new things especially in relation to his family life.
But it was more on the level of the sordid than the inspiring. And it seemed to confirm the rightness of the attitude Salinger himself has religiouly promoted, that is of seperating work from life.
In any case Salinger's privacy would be hard put upon in later works especially the one by his daughter.
This work does however seem to point in a certain direction that is not so wonderful . It seems to suggest that Salinger in life is a far meaner and far less charmingly quixotic character than old Holden or even supiciously holy - Seymour.
In any case this is not the Salinger biography his fans have long been waiting for.
Take first the fact that you're reading a book about someone who did not want to be involved with this book at all. You could put that aside. After all, if a new Salinger book showed up without his permission, I guarantee I would snatch it up even as I complain about the publisher going against his wishes. Even if Hamilton's writing was the only thing lacking, you could probably get past that and seek out some interesting information on Salinger's life/work/etc., but it goes beyond just poor writing. There is nothing of real merit here as far as I can see. Why write a book that basically restates what you can find in an encyclopedia section on Salinger? When you simply restate that after a certain point not much is known over and over again or try to use the investigative journalism approach to gain readers' sympathy (think of all of the reporters who knock on the door and scream inside about the person avoiding the interview and although the clip is really a bore, it gets used because it backs up the viewpoint of that reporter). I am a huge Salinger fan, and I would have settled for a poorly written, unauthorized biography if I could have found something else of value underneath.
Yeah, this biography is kind of weak but the subject is JD Salinger, at least Hamilton gives explanations for gaps in the story, its not totallyincoherent. Its really a biography and "Making of" the biography at the same time. Hamilton takes us along like a sluething companion. Even if you have sympathy for Salinger's privacy don't worry, so does our author--but his nosy alter-ego is a little less gracious. Despite what other harsh... critics have said, I did learn a lot of info on J.D. such as about his army days during WWII and his numerous short stories published in magazines during 40s and 50s (it'd be nice to take a look at those.)
Because Salinger is such a recluse, this psuedo-bio only covers his writing years (which ended in the early 60s). I found much of the detail on how Hamilton obtains his information interesting. He actually manages to get his hands on original copies of some Salinger letters written during this time. The quoted material from these letters ends up as a legal battle with the man himself (J.D.) which is really kind of dull and uninformative. It leaves a bad taste in your mouth if only because it reminds you that Salinger doesn't want us reading this tripe at all; a conundrum since most of you are probably reading it because you're a fan.
After recently beginning Paul Alexander's biography, I was delighted to stumble upon Ian Hamilton's cautious, yet entertaining, meta-biography. He doesn't dwell and gets on with his story. Hamilton does a great job of exposing the split personality of the biographer: as both neophyte and leech upon the creative world. Hamilton questions the validity of the "simplest" details of his subject's secret life. His honesty and reverence for Salinger result in a well-executed piece of writing; the best I've read anyway.