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Mar 12, 1998
10:15 PM

Dear J. D. Salinger,

First of all I''d like to say that I love your writing, I''m 17 and reading

your book for the second time. I''m a junior at Pellston High School, in

Pellston Michigan.I love how you are so real about things, I understand

the way you write I think your great. But I''m probable not the first to

tell you that.I''ve read many different books, by many different writers;

and I''m very proud to say that you are my favorite and that I wish you

would write more novels like "The Catcher In The Rye". I myself have no

talanet in writing, that is to say non as great as yours I do though, not

understand why your book influnced so many. I mean they achally used your

book in a movie, I think that did to show why that guy that killed John

Lennon was carrying your book. I do though think that he was a little wierd

in the head. I was also wondering what you think of that? You have a

fanastic talant of saying things like they really are, and not many people

can do that. Yes, I know I''m 17 and really don''t know how the world is and

how very cruel people can be. Yet I understand you. Thank you for your

novel, I''ll always think of it when I want to give up on something.

Next I was wondering if you could help me. I''m doing a report on you and

your book. I was wondering if you could tell me places were I could find

things about you on the web or in magazines that you have been in. I was

also wondering if the stories about you are true, the ones about you having

writen more novels, but just want to save them ontill you die.

Yours Truly,



P.S-Not to be nosey about your personal life, but why don''t you come out

in public and socalize, or does this have something to do with you book??

Krystal Kredell

Mar 11, 1998
11:29 AM

Dear J. D. Salinger,

I am a student at Summit Academy. I am doing a research paper on you. I am also

reading your book The Catcher in the Rye. I think it''s a very good book and I like how it

stands out from all the other books. I, as a teenager, think this age sucks. It''s so goddam

boring, there''s nothing for us to do. I''m glad that I can sit down and read a book like

yours. It''s so awesome, I''m not done with it but I am probably reading it next year (so I

could get in good with my teachers). Well, I gotta go to lunch now. Write me back if you

want to. Oh, and also, could you send me some stuff about yourself. I know that would

make you feel like crap but I need it. okay, bye.


McRae Ragan

Mar 10, 1998
7:59 PM

Dear J. D. Salinger,

Your book has changed my view on literature forever. I''m only 15 but I have fallen in love

with your books and with Holden. Everyday I ask my English teacher if its possible that

Holden still exists, I wish he did. I also would love to stop by your house and discuss all

your works of literatue and then we can go snowboarding together in Vermont, its pretty

close to New hampshire.

Jane Gallagher

Mar 09, 1998
7:37 AM

Dear J. D. Salinger,hiya. well, i refuse to be one of the others and tell you all about

where i am from etc. all i really have to say is that i really am hoping that one day you''ll

actually consider reading this...not to mention...reply? well, what you have written so far

baffles me yet i still...well...like it. it''s related to many teenagers. that''s probably why.

like holden, i think the world is filled with ''phonies'', i am not insane, but i just think it''s

true. like many others that have already written, i am writing a research paper on your

book "the catcher in the rye". i wouldn''t really mind getting some help. well,..if the rumors

are true...i can''t wait till your next book comes out. :) keep writing...leanne


Mar 04, 1998
12:55 AM

Dear J. D. Salinger,

I''m not too happy with you, Mr. Salinger. You''re the kind of person who begins to

tell a story at some campfire, and then suddenly puts out the fire and disappears. I miss

Holden, and I miss Phoebe Caulfield. Give me that back. The ones who have upset you,

the ones that forced you into seclusion, were just the loudest of your critics. There are

plenty of your readers who never once insulted you, but you''ve turned your back to us as

if we were some kind of embarrassment. I want more of the life you created.

a neglected reader,



Mar 04, 1998
11:56 AM

Dear J. D. Salinger,

Hi, how are you. I''m not going to ask you about any of your stories because

I know why you wrote them. I''m just a normal human being who like yourself

likes to write and spend time alone. I hate answering questions all of the

time. I know you are a good man, and what I am asking you for is a chance to speak with

each other.

Thank you,

Pat Stemple

Pat Stemple

Mar 03, 1998
1:32 AM

Dear J. D. Salinger,

i have thoughtfully considered what clever adjectives and dictionary-dwelling words of

praise i can heep upon you. However, i have neither the patience nor the stomach to

proceed in that manner. All i can tell you is this, ''The Catcher in The Rye'' is the ONLY

book i have ever read that made me forget it had an author. When i finished the book, the

very first time i read it, i was deeply saddened and disturbed to realize it was nothing more

than a story penned by an ordinary man. i desperately wanted, and still want, to call old

Holden up and ask him if he wants to go see a movie or go to the park or something. I can

honestly say that i am rather pissed off that Holden is not able to tell me his story himself.

Maybe thats an authors greatest accomplishment.

Your a real prince Mr. Salinger,

Sean Conlin

Sean Conlin

Mar 01, 1998
8:10 PM

Dear J. D. Salinger,

February 28, 1998

Hello! Well, right now I am kind of speechless and I still don''t know what I want to say to

you Mr. Salinger. I guess I should start off saying or mentioning that I want to be a great

writer some day. I really love to write. I used to write short stories, but now I''m more

into poetry. Anyway, I feel very fortunate to have read your famous book "THE

CATCHER IN THE RYE." I must tell you that it is one of my favorite books in the world.

How long did it take you to write it? As an adult to have written a book like that for

teenagers (for any age group also)is absolutely amazing. It''s a shame the public doesn''t

know much about you. Really!:) I guess, as a human being, you''ve got your own reasons

why not. Now I''m almost finished reading THE CATCHER IN THE RYE but it''s the

second time I read the book. The first time I read it (last year, Sophomore year in High

School--in Mexico Citty--)actually, the fist pages of it I nearly fell off my bed I was

laughing so hard and even tears rolled down my eyes.

I just loved the sense of humor in it. You must be a very funny guy Mr. Salinger. I love

sense of humor! Even behind all the humor, there was sadness, and loneliness. There are

so many themes in that book, that the list is endless. To tell you the truth, there have been

several times when I have put the book down wishing I could tell Holden that everything

would be allright,and how I empathize with his feelings and views. I really feel like

hugging him. To write a book like that, you Sir, must have felt it in your heart, or lived it.

If not, you must have been a genius. It really makes me sad and depressed to know that I

can''t do anything about it. Maybe you don''t approve of anything I am writting, or you

might think that everything that I am writing doesn''t make sense, or it''s not at all the way it

was meant to be interpreted. I''ll never know your real intentions and the feelings you had

when you wrote the book. I know, as a writer/poet I know what it''s like. People may see

the words written

down and try to guess what I have written, but they will never know what went through

my mind as I wrote them. I respect all your feelings, and I don''t know how you will take

this, but that book I worship. As silly as it may sound but it has been a savior in my life. I

think everybody tries to be a Catcher some way or other. And the saving of childhood

innocence is something to worry about. You can say I''m kinda obssessing over this book,

but it''s so real and it has many lessons to teach, a voice to be heard, a lonely soul to be

comforted. Just the other day as I was on the school bus, there were these first to second-

graders and they just started swearing at each other, I mean it was so sad to just listen to

that. I don''t remember my childhood being that violent. I could really see that society has

indeed changed and there is no more innocence anymore. Innocence is important for a

child as they are growing up. They need good guidance and a good environment. Not

only is innocence comming to an end, but society itself. Holden percieved this

"phonyness" at a young age. He was 17 just like me (I''m still 17!) and it seems that

everything around him was "dead." There are so many fake people in the wrold, it''s

disgusting. I don''t know how it came that there are superficial freaks all around with

nothing to do but make other people''s lives impossible and miserable. They are a bunch of

brown-nosers. Holden, I think is a very special character and we cannot say that he does

not exist. Technically, he doesn''t, but a person with those feelings, that vocabulary (kicks

butt!)that insite, that great heart and sensibility, does exist. Maybe not by the name of

Holden Caulfield, but somebody--an individual. An idividual like yourself. Many people

don''t like this novel. I have asked several people about their liking of the book. My

conclusion is they love it, or they hate it. There is no neutral position or "no comment."

They don''t like it because of the "swearing"-oh my God!!!, or simply because Holden is

such a "reject." He''s NOT. If anything, he was the only person around with any sense

and society were the rejects. He was a misfit, only because he was original and different.

Not many people were original or different. Look at all the people he encountered, what a

bunch of morons! Nobody listened to him, which is the same as society being affraid of

truth. Holden spoke the truth as he only knew how. I mean after the war and everything,

it could really change people. I think that''s all I have to say about this book, but I would

like to share with you my favorite quote of the whole book. It''s on page 52, last

paragraph......"When I was all set to go, when I had my bags and all, I stood for a while

next to the stairs and took a last good look down the goddam corridor. I was sort of

crying. I don''t know why. I put my red hunting hat on, and turned the peak around to the

back, the way I liked it, and then yelled at the top of my goddam voice, SLEEP TIGHT YA

MORONS! I''ll bet I woke up every bastard on the Then Ithe whole floor. Then I got the

hell out. Some stupid guy threw peanut shells all over the stairs, and I damn near broke

my crazy neck."-->great!Great! I really loved that. Since the first time I read it, it has

stuck to me. Anyway, a teacher in my school saw me reading the Catcher in the rye, and

laughing, then the next day he asked me if I had read any other books of yours. I told him

no, but I would like to. So he lent me "Franny and Zooey," I finished that one in a week

or less and he told me once I finished, he would lend me another. I love your stories,

although they may be sad and morbid. Somebody always dies, or has died. Sad:( Can I

ask you a question? Do you think that your book (Catcher in the rye)had any content that

influenced killer Mark David Chapman into killing John Lennon? What about the movie

Conspiracy Theory, how they use your book as an example of insanity? What do you

make of that? Holden was not crazy, just depressed because of his brother Allie. Holden

didn''t go around killing people. He wasn''t the atomic bomb or anything.

Well Mr. Salinger, I think this has been a good experience for me talking to you. I may not

be talking to the real you. I might just be talking to a "phony" who''s immitating you.

Either way, whoever reads this, will know what I am talking about. I had to get this

"stress" out. So I hope you enjoyed this and if you can, write to me (whoever you



Emilia Dom?nguez


Emilia Dom?nguez

Feb 27, 1998
10:08 AM

Dear J. D. Salinger,

Hmm! I am studying your book(Catcher in the Rye)! If anyone out there has any thoughts

or feelings on the book, Holden C., or any other characters, please email me! Perhaps I can

help you too!


Feb 27, 1998
10:11 AM

Dear J. D. Salinger,

Well, I don''t know why the fuck I am writing this. I guess like that I guess you probably

know how I feel or mean. Anyways, you know how it seems like that when you try to

protect somebody it seems like you are hurting them instead... like women... I can''t get

it... but I try to protect them and stuff but it seems like I make them lose their innocence

instead of protecting them from losing it. I live in a little town Binghamton and well

everyone is sheltered from the real world down here. And it seems as if they betray you or

something... I don''t know why but it seems like men are worth protecting... But once in a

while I see somebody I really believe is going to be successful... and I try to mold them...

and I always fail... well whatever. who cares... have a good day. Sorry to bother you.,

Chin Ho

Feb 27, 1998
10:30 AM

Dear J. D. Salinger,

Sorry to bother you again (I doubt it you read any of these freakin letters but anyways) ...

the first time I did it was because I was lazy and wanted help. the second time was cuz I

felt like it. And I feel like it again. Anyways. I was reading through the letters that other

people posted. I don''t care about them but they did all talk about phonies and stuff. I read

your book last year... it was a book. Anyways, everyone talks about phonies and stuff...

you wanna know who are really phonies... those people who psychoanalyze everything.

You might not believe me but their freakin phonies. They talk to you and nod and stay

quiet... they are suppose to be helping people. All they do is sit there and ask questions

once in a while. They don''t help you much, they just wanna get paid. It is like sitting and

talking to a machine. They nod like they know what the hell you are thinking... they don''t.

They ask questions that you are suppose to answer. I hate it but I give phony answers

back... I love lying to those guys. They can''t tell ever when I am lying and they totally

believe that I am like somebody else. All I know is that they are the phoniest people I have

ever met... they''re smile, they''re walk, they''re talk, they''re questions, they''re nods,

they''re freakin rooms. Well, I don''t know y but I still love bullshittin with them. I have to

pay for them and go to them so everyone else in the freakin world believes that I won''t

commit suicide and stuff. Who would wanna die by their own hands... I''m broke...

wanna give me money? I don''t know how you live like the way you do, you are just able

to... none of my business anyways.

Chin Ho (I probably remind you of the biggest phony in the world... I probably am)

Hey publishers.. don''t print my first two letters... you probably would not want to


Chin Ho

Feb 26, 1998
9:16 AM

Dear J. D. Salinger,judging by the nature of your personality and your high level of

secrecy, you probably hate the fact that all these

people writing you letters. In fact, I bet you''ve never even read them. Why would you? I

liked your book. so long.

Jay Martin

Feb 26, 1998
4:41 PM

Dear J. D. Salinger,

I''m not sure why I''m writing this. I''m not used to impersonal correspondance. But last

week Franny and Zooey just about saved my life, so I just had to write and say thankyou.

lots of love, Katy

Katy Beinart

Feb 25, 1998
11:24 AM

Dear J. D. Salinger,Dear J. D. Salinger, I am a high school student at Auburn High

School in Auburn Massachusetts and I am writing to you in

regards of the mastery of your writings in the book of short stories Nine Stories and I

would personally like to tell you that

your work is brilliant and I thank you for all you have taught me through your writings.

The reason we are reading your stories

is not only for the personal enjoyment butalso for the psychiological aspects of the teaching

and understanding and the

knowledge of your work and what it has brought to my psych through literature course.So

in behalf of my entire class and our

teacher and mentor and genius Mr. Ronald Prouty we would just like to thank you.

Feb 25, 1998
12:35 PM

Dear J. D. Salinger,

I think it is real funny, how you take my life and write about in your stories.

For years now I have set back and watched you write stories like "Slight Rebellion

Off Madison," "I''m Crazy," and "The Catcher in the Rye." When we met in 1940 you


like a depressed, younge man, and although I never exemplified emotions such as

the fictional Holden, I just wanted to tell you, you have made my life bitter-sweet.

Bitter in the fact that I have become more fictional that the "Catcher." Sweet in the

fact that people look to me as if I know what it feels to be angered and mad and overall

confused and depressed. America needs at least one person likle this, I wish it weren''t

me, but I am glad there is someone.

Thanks, and may your privacy

last as long as the legend does,

Holden Caulfield


Feb 25, 1998
4:16 PM

Dear J. D. Salinger,

I am a junior in high school, and I was just writing to let you know that regardless of

what so-called critics say, you are by far my favorite author because of the fact theat you

don''t try to embellish the truth. I am a firm believer in what I also found evident in your

writing : if everybody acted like children, than the world would be a much better place to

live. It took reading "THE CATCHER IN THE RYE" and "NINE STORIES" in nineth

grade for me to be able to express that feeling-- or actually to realize that everybody else did

not feel that way. To me it felt natural, but after reading such a wonderful story, I didn''t

understand why so many people had such problem wit it-- unless maybe the ADULTS are

the ones who didn''t understand it. I''m not sure, all I know is that I felt really bad for all the

children who are never going to read your books because they are banned in their school


A true fan,

M. vonNordeck

class of 1999

P.S. Keep on writing-- I''ll be waiting!!

Michelle vonNordeck

Feb 20, 1998
1:39 PM

Dear J. D. Salinger,

It has been about a year since I was introduced to your masterpiece, "The Catcher in the

Rye" and I can honestly say that it is the only real book that has given me the desire to read.

I have read most of your books, and am currently working on another. The one thing I

really want to say is thank you. Thank You for writing a book which has spurred my

interest in literature. for this I will always be grateful. If you ever get to read this I would

love to get the oppertunity to meet you in person. I hope nothing but the best for you and

your family.

Thank You,

Dom Fontana

Dom Fontana

Feb 18, 1998
6:48 PM

Dear J. D. Salinger,

I don''t understand why you let all these crazy asses get to you. I am sure you are a nice

guy and all but still. These people are all backstabbers. All these people must have lost

their innocence long time ago. Anyways... I did. I am just saying that you are nice in a

weird way. (Duh, what the heck am I trying to say?) Anyways, Holden Caulfield is a

great guy... but what is the problem with all those women who want to marry him on the

spot? You know, they just don''t see that almost all guys are as deep as Holden, maybe

you just express it in a way that they would understand.

I am sorry that I am impolite. I would love to interview you... IMPOSSIBLE! I thought

I say it anyways. I like to know how all you guys think. Anyways, I have this report I

gotta do and my teacher gave me this thesis: WOULD HOLDEN CAULFIELD

CONSIDER J.D. SALINGER AS A PHONY. I really got no freakin clue. So I just

kinda need a little help. Anyways, if I met Holden on the street... i probably slap him

upside the head. then I be friendly... as a teenager he just needed a good beating. Well

enjoy your peace! (If I come to your house... don''t shoot me!) just joking. Bye.

Oh, yeah, how can you let those guys say the crap about u.. that your gay or whatever. I

beat them for you if I could but since so many people are like that... I always try but never

can take on the whole world. I try quitting... but wasn''t allowed that either. (My ex thinks

I am the biggest phony in the world... I probably am.) Well have fun. Bye

Chin Ho

Feb 17, 1998
5:13 PM

Dear Mr. Salinger,

Right now I am reading Catcher In The Rye for the second time. This time it is fo an

English class. I don''t want to sound like a big phony so I''m not going to say that Holden

is just like me or any of that stuff. I just want to tell you that the book is great and you

should enjoy yourself. To be honest I''m more like Ackley Kid.

I am also doing a report on you for a class. I''m writing like a madman just to finish it.

I doubt that your ever going to get this so I don''t want to just sit here and type my brains

out for nothing. So I''ll see ya around


I think the geese in Central Park hibernate under the ice during the winter



Feb 16, 1998
11:45 AM

Hiya J.D.,

You''re one strange bean. I don''t understand why you just can''t chill out and write

something cool. (that''s new) Well, I can''t really think of what to write you. Perhaps

that''s your problem or something. :) I can totally identify with strange bean

thingamajig.... :)


Dr. (not really) Wes Dixon

P.S. Why don''t you leave the house sometime? I mean....you could come over to my

house if you wanted. :) We could talk about whatever, like um.......my cruddy teachers at

school. I hope this book, "Letters to J.D. Salinger" doesn''t piss you off too much... :)

Just a bunch of fans...not really people who want to screw you over anything.... You''re

just too goddam self centered. That''s your problem...But I suppose that''s all of us who

enjoy your work...This P.S. is getting longer than my regular letter, so I''m gonna go!!


Wes Dixon

Feb 16, 1998
6:17 PM

Dear J. D. Salinger,

In Catcher In The Rye you mention some of the characters "going to Shipley". I assume

this is a College/University.

There is no listing for such a College/University.

I would be interested how and why the name "Shipley" found it''s way into the book.


Sarah Shipley

Feb 16, 1998
7:46 PM

Dear J. D. Salinger,

At risk of sounding phoney, I would like to let you know that I have very much

appreciated your book "The Catcher in the Rye". I first read it my junior year in

high school, and have read it six times to date. Although I expect you will never

actually see this letter, I thought I would write it anyway. Besides, I''m sure

you''re tired of everyone ranting and raving over how the book has changed their life

and all. I just thought it would be an injustice for me not to try to tell someone

when I had enjoyed a book they had written to this extent. I unlike most people

cannot say ''I see similarities between myself and Holden'', because I don''t. I see

how I feel, not how I am. In closing, I understand you silence and totally respect

your right to privacy.

D. Jason Davis

Feb 16, 1998
8:22 PM

Dear J. D. Salinger,

How long have I waited for this opportunity. I read "Teddy" when I was in 9th grade.

Confused and perplexed I did what any young American boy in Catholic School would do,

I read "A Perfect Day for Bannafish." Mr. Foy, my 10th grade American litriture teacher,

assigned "Catcher in the Rye." As you can imagine I loved it.






My conscience is guilty. To use the innocent Holden for the purpose of carnal pleasure

was wrong. Consider this a confession Mr. Salinger.

Thank You For Your Time,


R.L. Sapia

Feb 13, 1998
5:25 PM

Dear J. D. Salinger, I am seventeen years old and I love to write,

I have read all of your books, and I really can''t tell you how much I

enjoy them, Holden is like my idol living for himself not giving in

you have given many people a code by which to live by. I can''t possibly

tell you how much I admire your talent, I which that I had the amazing

talent that you have. Thank-you, all my admiration Alayne M. Ont, Canada


Feb 13, 1998
7:06 PM

Dear J. D. Salinger,

I am currently a senior in high school, writing a research paper

about The Catcher in the Rye. The topic of the paper was left up to

us, the students, the only guideline being that it was to be about

a controversial person. My thoughts quickly turned to you, Mr. Salinger.

After reading The Catcher in the Rye, many times from the age of 9 years

old until now, I can only imagine the brilliance you,the author. I find

your work extremely fascinating and I consider your writing style fresh

and inspiring. Thank you for your influence. You may never know how

many lives you have touched, but mine was one of the lucky ones.