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Feb 12, 1998
1:26 PM

Dear J. D. Salinger,

Curtains of steel and velvet billow and implode

In the land where no laugh is heard and no glare seen

Freedom freely given by night''s crucible

Fear man no longer

Fear not the passion and emptiness

Fear not your empathy

Your ebony shell is impenetrable

Wait for the black mountains to break over you

But then bard, then, fear for man.

Jacob Solomon

Feb 12, 1998
11:52 PM

Dear J. D. Salinger,

I have never really identified with a character from a book

so much as Holden Caulfield. Every time I read it and listen to his

commentary on his world, I can''t help but think "that''s just what I

would have said". My own coming of age (althought it wasn''t as

dramatic) gave me sentiments similar to Holden''s. When I first read

Catcher, when I was 14, I didn''t get it. I read it again for school

three years later, and I think your book gave me some one to identify

with. I have heard people say that Catcher changed thier lives, but I

don''t believe it. I think that it is so good because Holden Caulfield

has so many common adolescent feelings that we can''t help but


Krishan Bhattacharya

Feb 11, 1998
8:24 AM

Dear J. D. Salinger,

















Nazia Qureshi

Feb 11, 1998
2:51 PM

Dear all you fruitcakes who are patronizing the spirit of Mr. Salinger,

Cut it out already. Show a little respect. I know everyone wants to enhance their own

sense of self-worth, but to sacrifice someone else in so doing is inconsiderate.

Feb 10, 1998
12:31 PM

Dear J. D. Salinger,

I just wanted to write and say how much your book has influenced my life. I read the

book as a scrawny junior in high school, and since that time I have re-read teh book at least

50 times.

I know that a lot of kids are searching for themsleves, just as Holden was, and through

Holden''s eyes I was able to see the sturggle I was going through. In my life, I see mmany

similarities between myself and Holden. I was able to identify

when Holden''s teachers kept assuring him he was smart when he applied himself. In

much the same way, it wasn''t until I read teh book that I first realized my potential and

started to work for it.

Without you influence on my life, I am not sure where I would be today, but I know that I

wouldn''t be as content with m y life as I am now. Thank you very m uch for your writing,

and even though you may feel that your impact

is not signifigicant, it was in my life. Thank You.


Chris Drummond

Feb 09, 1998
10:22 AM

Dear J. D. Salinger,

your work is insane. That is what seems to catch the hands of many young readers. Not

only is it required in many schools, but it has inhanced student out look on the books to be

read in class. Being a person that doesn''t read as much as any student should, you have

brought to my attention that insanity strike the best of us. In CATCHER IN THE RYE, I

fell in love with Holden, (not literaly) in a way that you put him in a distinct attitude and

time frame. Throughout the most part of the book I honestly thought that the book was

taking place in the 1990''s until about half way through the book. Holden''s age was not

shown to be the "teen-age 1940''s" boy. You seemed to have percieved him as an older,

mature man. The thing that I would like to know is: What influences you? The semi-

insanity in your work, the crazy monogonistic way of expressing Holden''s attitude, what

inspires you? The reason I ask is I am doing a reaport on you and you work. We have to

write about the glory and criticism of your work, and also the similarities of two of your

pieces. I have chosen CATCHER IN THE RYE, and FRANNY AND ZOOEY. I have yet

to read the second book, but you inspire me. The subtle insanity of your charectors has

completely inspired a lot of your readers. Please if you could, tell me what inspired you

and if you wish, I would like to talk to you.


Pamela M


Feb 08, 1998
2:44 AM

Dear J. D. Salinger,

I feel like I am writing a letter to Santa Claus here. Do you really exist?

Where in the hell are you, and why in the world are you depriving us

of your presence?

It''s your life, I know, but you''ve let a lot of people hanging out there.

The "Catcher" can only catch so many for so long.

Send me email sometime.


JD Saunders

Feb 08, 1998
5:29 PM

Dear J. D. Salinger,

Hey, J.D. do you remember the afternoons you, me, Perk, Spence and Bobby Greene

used to spend in your place drinking beer and watching the sun set behind Mount

Ascutney? Those were the days my friend. Man, there is an awful lot of misinformation

about you on the web and that''s too bad. I just found out today that Joyce Maynard(never

heard of her) plans to write a memoir about her affair with you. To what end? Sounds like

she plans to use your name to make a few buck for herself.

Do you remember my cousin Shirley who interviewed you in 1953? An article on the net

says she was a 1-year old Windsor, Vermont High School girl. I mean, how may 1 year-

old high school girls are there? Some of this stuff they''re putting out on the "net" about

you is just utterly ridiculous, as I''m sure you will agree. I often think of the good times we

all had together in Windsor and Cornish and am glad to know that you are still able to

maintain your privacy.

Bob Blaney

Bob Blaney

Feb 06, 1998
4:34 PM

Dear J. D. Salinger,

i can only imagine how many losers write to you every minute in this world. but i can

honestly say that you seem like a very talented fellow that has touched many peoples

lives...i know you hear that a lot, and believe me, i am not brown-nosing in any

way...you''ve touched me in a way that i cannot express, and i thank you for creating a

character that i can relate to...i''m not saying to pity me or anything, but i have just been

diagnosed with manic-depression about a year ago, and i''ll admit that the only thing that

got me through the long hospital stay was keeping holden close to me. i didn''t talk to him

out loud or anything psychotic, but the book just let me know that there were a lot of young

people that didn''t know where they were going as well...just like holden, i anticipated

suicide on many occasions, and i didn''t go through with it for the same reason...fucking

rubbernecks....(i live in a small town)...i feel like i wanted to ask where the birds went

when the pond was frozen but i couldn''t put it into words as innocently as holden did. and

i seemed to toy with things without a care in the world...

well, i got myself through it, but i''d be lying if i said i did it all by myself. thanks for the

insight...you really know how to put things into my perspective..

emily bowes

emily bowes

Feb 06, 1998
1:39 AM

Dear J. D. Salinger, Nobody made me read your books, I wanted too. I am

searching for my Holden Caulfield. Your writing is a big influence on my writing. Did

you have a hard time getting published? Did you like school? I am an English major at

EKU and I hope someday to be a great writer...or just a writer. I would like once before I

die to shake your hand. I respect your idea of privacy but I would like to thank you for

creating a character that I love. In some ways I think I already know you, I think me and

you would be friends. I want to say something that expresses how important you are but I

can''t. You have got me through a lot of shit and I will continue to search for my Holden.

Thank You for your magical words.

Missy Powell

Feb 04, 1998
4:43 PM

Dear J. D. Salinger,I''ve read all of your stories and am convinced, my pal, that all of

your stars are definitely out. Thank you so much for giving us your loot. I am waiting

patiently for Hapworth and hope that you will soon enlighten us with more. Long live the

Glass Family.

Eryk Pruitt

Feb 04, 1998
12:04 AM

Dear J. D. Salinger,

I just wanted to drop a little note saying, "If you want to remain out of the public eye. .

.more power to you."

Frankly, it''s your life and your work, which makes it your decision. Live well.


Jerrad Mills

Jerrad Mills

Feb 04, 1998
9:44 AM

Dear J. D. Salinger,

I am from Germany and even here we read your book "The Catcher In The Rye" and it

really facinated and still fascinates me. I guess it is the funny writing and the

hidden messages. This Holden C. guy kind of remembered me of somebody I know since


years, me. Since I don''t have my own Internet I need to make this a short letter.

So I just want to wish you the best, and tell you that your book made me write to

an author the first time. Concerning to Holden''s behaviour this is a real good sign.

I hope you get to read all these letters and that the letter wasn''t PHONY.

P.S. I am sure you saved a few kids.


Feb 03, 1998
6:16 PM

Dear J. D. Salinger,

The first time I read "The Catcher in the Rye" I was 13 years old. I''ve heard about the book

a year before but in my country (Chile) there was not available. After looking at it in every

bookstore in Santiago, I get a copy of the Argentine edition called "El cazador oculto"

(something like "the hidden hunter").

After I read it I just went crazy. I bought the most similar Holden?s Caulfield hat I could

find, and begun a search of others of your books. My behavior was "inspired" by him,

everything I did was made the way I though Holden would act. ( I even asked some taxi

drivers about the ducks in the lagoon of a park we have here)

I remember that I read "A perfect day for Bananafish" in my school. I was in a free hour,

just before the end of the classes. When I reached the last sentence I was absolutely

touched by it. I just couldn''t believe it. I wanted to cry but I was surrounded by a lot of

people. I felt so lonely between that crowd. It was me and my book, just the two of us...

Without knowing it, you became my hero. Your stories helped me in a bad time, and made

me feel fine, when everything looked bad. I loved "The Laughing Man" (the best superhero

I''ve ever found), and "Seymour, an introduction". They made me smile, laugh and even

cry. I felt that everything was written specially for me.

Now I am 20 years old, I can say that J.D Salinger is one of the most important man in my

life. I don''t know you, and I think that I will never see you, but what you wrote about 40

years ago will always have a place in my heart and mind. Your books are still my favorites

stories, and I think I will always thank you for make me feel this way.

Felipe Arias S.



Felipe Arias S.

Feb 03, 1998
10:18 AM

Dear J. D. Salinger,

I rescently read The Catcher in the Rye and I am writing a paper and a critical analisis

on your works. If you would like to comment on anything or give me any additional info.

please respond. I am at Colerain High School in Cincinnati, Ohio

yours truly,


Libby Hilton

Feb 02, 1998
9:18 PM

Dear J. D. Salinger,

If i were to write a letter JD Salinger was to read, I wouldnt do it. He would hate

me, as well as most of his biggest fans. He has only one life to live and he has in my

opinion (but what is that worth) done what we would all love to do: said a beautiful FUCK

YOU to the world, told them all to get their head out of their asses. Some of his biggest

fans that i have met who want to live Holdens life live their own, very foney life which JD

tears apart in every part of everybodys favorite book. thank you JD SALINGER. and what

about the winona riders?


Feb 02, 1998
9:23 PM

Dear J. D. Salinger,

im scared of this brilliant man.


Feb 01, 1998
6:52 PM

Dear J. D. Salinger,

Thanks for the company. I''m sorry about the dinner. Give my warmest regards

to Maria. Come again anytime, I promise I''ll supply the wine this time!

(Can you believe this hysteria?) J.R.


Feb 01, 1998
6:28 PM

Dear J. D. Salinger,

This might seem like a strange request- I have a term paper due soon.

My english teacher has told us to write a paper comparing and contrasting 2

short stories. I have chosen 2 stories from your book Nine Stories: Foe Esme with Love

and Squalor,

and a perfect day for bananafish. I have done a great deal of research looking for ideas on

hjow to compare these two stories.

I know they can be compared and contrasted beacause I recall doing it in 7th grade. Now I

am in 10th

and I dont remember anything we discussed in that english class a few years

ago. If you can please help me with my term paper I would really appreciate

it. And taht would be so cool!! I can tell my teacher that I got help from J.D. Salinger


Please e-mail me with some ideas or suggestions as soon as possible. It would be a really

big help.

thank you-


p.s. I loved the stories!

Shoshana Block

Feb 01, 1998
6:58 PM

Dear J. D. Salinger,

I am going to resist my desire to praise you. You are an incredible writer, transcending

every generation; however, I am sure you hear this dogmatic praise all the tme. Perhaps

that is why you are such a private man. I wanted to write you, personally, for such a

long time, but felt I would be invading your privacy. I decided,instead,to do my senior


on The Catcher...and Franny and Zooey. I compared Holden''s "Rye field" dream to


Allegory of the cave. He seems to fear the state of becoming: adult paradoxes and


The children falling off of the "Crazy cliff" are actually becoming the "phonies"...adults.

Mr. Salinger, you continue to be our Catcher In The Rye. Thank you for awakening


Carolynn Palladino

Jan 31, 1998
11:23 AM

Dear J. D. Salinger,

Holden is really decent. Maybe we all are, if you dig down far

enough. People don''t

seem very decent, though, a lot of the time. But maybe Holden wouldn''t have either,had

you looked at him from the outside.

The ending, where he''s sitting in the rain. I don''t know what to

think of that. He''s

happy, at least, but he goes back to school.

Can one leave? How could it be possible, when you''ve grown up

surrounded by all of

it? "Away" might be just as rotten. You don''t know unless you go, though. Or maybe you

do. Maybe no matter where you go there will be someone there to write "Fuck you" under

your nose. I''ve written it myself, enough times.

I don''t know what to say to you. Is love enough to keep somebody,

even surrounded

by all that crap? It''s kept me so far, but I don''t know how good I am. I have a

feeling I''m not too good.

J. Scott

Jan 30, 1998
10:59 AM

Dear J. D. Salinger,Strange how a set of words can spread out of control.The first

time I read one of your books I thought it was shit. I was on holiday and was stuck

in a caravan in a storm with only one book,The Catcher In The Rye. So I read it again

out of bordom.I became intruiged and then over the next few hours came to love the

book.So much I read it two or three times more in the fortnight. On getting home I

pestered my girlfriend to read it and she too loved it and forced her friends to read

it. Over the last few years i have bought the book five times as i never get my copy

back when i lend it someone.Yours, Irving, England


Jan 28, 1998
5:02 PM

Dear J. D. Salinger, If this book ever gets published and you don''t have

anything better to do than to submerge your ego in it, then all of your

seclusion is no more than a game you play with us so we''ll write you letters.

N. Kellis

Jan 27, 1998
2:22 PM

Dear J. D. Salinger,

I am an avid and believer in change and taking chances. I also identify with the

changes you brought about and the chances you took with The Catcher in the Rye. If there

was one book that changed me and made me take a look at myself under a more powerful

microscope, it was your book The Catcher in the Rye.

I have never been so in touch with the protagonist in any story such as I was with Holden

Caulfield. In my mind I simply replaced his voice with my own and away I went. On a

strange journey did I go. Not only did I see New York again, I saw myself in unfamiliar

territory trying to navigate the annoying human condition.

I just wanted to say that thru it all, I learned much about myself and laughed at much

Holden and I are alike.

The only question I wonder then, is maybe this. Perhaps after or instead of simply having

a breakdown and being hospitalized for his troubles, could, or would, Holden have

become a serial killer? His disposition towards most other people was fairly dim and cold.

I wonder if the chap entertained thoughts of a little murder here and there? Was Holdens

story the first fictional first person narrative of a serial killer in the making?



Joseph Gut

Jan 26, 1998
9:01 AM

I want to be Holden Caufield! Dude I am Holden Caufield. Down played by society

and forced to bear the ignorance of worthless wastes of flesh. This world is

going to eat my brain, cell by cell. I''m surrounded by phonies myself. If your

book wasn''t intended to parrallel personalities than you are my hero and I hear

you. Half these people writting are probably rich pampered white kids who have

it all and are currently heading through Univerity with a promising future. I

on the other hand am a born loser slowly dying out each day. Unlike anyone else

who wrote in I am here to thank you for your medecine. I''m not here to tell

you how good your work is and tell you how much I enjoyed it because being

a famous author you know you have a gift. Your writting was indeed Vallium

needed dearly in a world bound to burn.

thanks for listening.


Kyle Boing