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Dec 01, 1997
6:49 AM

Dear J. D. Salinger,

I understand why you have been silent. While all these people lament that you have been

silent all these years, I look at your most well known book, Catcher in the Rye, which I

have just recently read, and I see very clearly why you are silent.

If I was as talentless a writer as you are, I''d be pretty quiet too. I mean, you career peaked

at the ranting of some loser kid who got kicked out of school and spend 200 pages bitching

and whining and crying like a girl. You didn''t even bother to include an actuall plot and

people still eat that crap up! What''s wrong with these people?

People are fools. You write one lousy book and somebody claimes it influenced the murder

of John Lennon, suddenly your most emberrassing waste of paper is a house hold word! If

I were you I would have moved to Canada. But suddenly, what was a story about a whiny

little loser having a nervous breakdown is apparently (Much to your surprize I am sure)

Stacked with universal truths on what it means to be human. Your indecent, plotless

ramblings are now chocked with truth about the human condition.

What was it? A joke on your editor that backfired? An attempt to commit financial suicide?

The result of a few too many shots of vodka and a long sleepless night? What possessed

you to show this tripe to anyone? You could never have assumed that people would be as

stupid as they were. Nor could you have forseen the murder that would make people hear

your name, most of them for the first time.

But if they had to hear you name, why for this horrid waste of paper? Success is fine, but

success with a terrible pointless book because of a chance murder of a once talented

musician? Life can be cruel sometimes. What was it like to write the book that caused the

death of John Lennon? I don''t know! What''s it like to be drunk while typing too quickly

any other night? Morons.

So, I understand. I understand completely. In my mind these fools should all leave you

alone until you actually write something that not only becomes successful on it''s own

merrit, but is in fact worth reading. I''m sure it''s bound to happen. Someday.


Bryan T Weiss III

the wonder cheese

Dec 01, 1997
1:24 AM

Hey, J.D. Your a freak. But that''s good.

The world needs more freaks.

And get a load of the following horse hockey. Apparently this is supposed

be ''guidlines'' for the letters were writing ''you''.

''Questions to ask yourself when writing your letter:

?What''s the difference (to you) between writing a public and a private

letter to an "admiree?" ?Why is it important to you to write rhetorical

questions to JDS in such a letter (assuming, as will be the case, Mr.

Salinger will not respond)? ?Why is it important to you to correspond

with someone who''s work you admire? ?How is your public response to Mr.

Salinger and his work different when you write directly to Mr. Salinger,

versus discussing him/his work with friends/students/teachers/etcetera? ''

It sounds like an English teacher gone mad, doesn''t it?


Some guy

Dec 01, 1997
2:08 AM

Dear J. D. Salinger "fans,"

Don''t write to him.

Dont write to this book.

I''m pissed at myself for devoting some of my time to writing to you.

I could be watching a Charlie Chaplin film right now.

But, since I am here, I will say what must be said.

Obviously Mr. Salinger doesn''t want to be bothered,

he doesn''t want to hear your feedback. (especially pathetic ones like, "I liked Catcher in the

Rye, it changed my life."

Knock it off.

I hope Mr. Salinger and his lawyers can shoot the book down before it gains any


The authors are saying,

"It''s for the readers."

Why? What possible good can we gain from people saying how much they liked his

books, or hearing about what they learned from them.

Read the books for yourself, and keep your opinions to yourself.

If someone else asks you about them, tell them to go and read them on their own.

If we all gave our opinions about his works, then people would just read what others say,

denying them the opportunity to formulate an opinion of their own.

In conclusion I say this,

To all the "fans" of Mr. Salinger, leave him be.

To the author of this book, leave him be.

To myself, you are a hypocrite for partaking in the debate over Mr. Salingers

privacy, leave him be.

Jason Bettineski

Nov 29, 1997
5:17 AM

Dear J. D. Salinger,

I''m a Danish student and I''m going to write a big paper for my graduation in

February... and I wondered that if you got this then would you perhaps answer

me on a very few simple questions...

Yours truly

Pablo Nowak

Pablo Nowak

Nov 29, 1997
2:32 PM

Dear J. D. Salinger,

I just finished reading your book for my English

class. My brother is now reading it too. We both have

papers to write about the book and the reasons for writing

it. I am having trouble finding information about you, my

English teacher has told our class that you do not like to

give interviews. I really enjoyed reading The Catcher In

The Rye, the character of Holden is really amazing. I loved

the personality you gave him, and his qualities are great.

I wish everyonr thought the same way Holden does in this

book. If you have any information you can send me, it would

be a great help. pelee@webtv.net

Thank You, Talle

Talle Harris

Nov 28, 1997
3:03 PM

Dear J. D. Salinger,

I thought your book Nine Stories was very interesting. A Perfect Day for

Bananfish was by far my favorite story in the book. I am now reading Franny and Zooey

and can''t wait to finish. Keep writing great books.

Your fan, Erin Lee

Erin Lee

Nov 25, 1997
7:28 PM

Dear J. D. Salinger,I''m really impressed with your writing. I practically

ate your book "The Catcher in The Rye" it''s awesome.

I just need a favor: I need to know more about you and your life for a

research paper at school.



Paulina A. Muena

Nov 25, 1997
3:34 PM

Dear J. D. Salinger,I really enjoyed your book The Catcher In The Rye. My

english teacher gave it to us to read as a class assignment. From the

beging of the book it got me very interested. I see alot of myself in

Holden. I am often undecided on what I want to do in my life. I even

at times do distructive things such as Holden. I am 16 yrs. old just as Holden

So I understand what he was going thorough. Please more good books such as

The Catcher In The Rye.

Yours truly

Joanna Padmore.

Joanna Padmore

Nov 24, 1997
5:35 PM

Dear J. D. Salinger,

My name is Guillermo Tejeda and I have to find out what does J.D. stand

for in your name and where were you born?


P.S. I loved your book " The Catcher in the Rye"

Guillermo Tejeda

Nov 23, 1997
12:41 PM

Dear J. D. Salinger,

Question: Can time really stand still?

peter hall

Nov 22, 1997
6:48 PM

Dear J. D. Salinger,

Come again, I can''t hear where you are

trying to stay at a distance, close

to my heart, a voice, ever and more refined

away to better understand the path

chosen and held in the light

that was never your sole intention

your word gave life to an otherwise

dry and shallow literary pond

frozen and sealed by critical masses

and to you the world privately owes

depth and the magic grace

to inspire beyond the generations

so come again, to reveal that lost playland

locked in by the mysterious shore

come again, a child, not to be held at bay

in the line of past defense, we will catch on

and meet you in your own time

come again, to play the field, a child once more .

edmond van zandt

Nov 22, 1997
10:45 AM

Dear J. D. Salinger,

Concluding on from your books, you have not only changed my life, but the life of those

around me. I will keep your books close to me. Thank you.

Phil Ward

Phil Ward

Nov 22, 1997
4:33 PM

Dear J. D. Salinger,

You know, the strangest transformation has occured

in me since I finished my journey with the animated and cynical Holden Caulfield. I am

beginning to think like him. It''s odd, and maybe a bit disturbing, but I am sure of it. My

mind has been warped by the skepticism of a disillusioned character from a book! That

kills me! (I told you I''m starting to think like him!) Being a teenager myself, I am

trepidatious to admit that I waited until my senior year to delve into Holden''s life, and

commmit to be forever enlightened by his intuitivness. I am intrigued by you wariness of

the limelight, and of Hollywood''s tendency to ruin the spirit and brilliance of someone like

you. I would like to know you, to understand your motives for being such a notorious

recluse. I''m on to you, Mr. Salinger. You''ve captivated my interest, and nothing will

eradicate that. I''ll be off to college next fall, and my goal is to become a journalist. You,

my friend, are my prime suspect. I believe it''s about time you relinquish you secrecy and

give in to the curiosity of your fans. I''m sorry that old Shirlie Blaney destroyed your trust

in the press, but it''s time for an interview. Take it into consideration. Take my offer as the

conductor of this long-awaited interview into consideration. It''s time...

Holly Rich

Holly Rich

Nov 20, 1997
12:14 PM

Dear J. D. Salinger,

Hey there. How are you this fine cloudy day? I am a student at Ayala High

in California. I am doing a research/analysis paper on you and your works

because you are a distinguished and fine author in which I would hope to write like

someday. You are a very interesting author and I can relate greatly to your

writing. I was wondering if you could tell me where I can find some good information


yourself and your stories. I would greatly appreciate this and send me a

picture of yourself. Thank you for your time and consideration. Please write

back as soon as possible.

Always and forever,

Mr. De Narvaman

written by naniael gelvlis

Jason Lauren De Narvaman (Naniael Gelvlis)

Nov 20, 1997
10:08 PM

Dear J. D. Salinger,

I am a junior at Gulf Breeze High. I am doing my annual research paper on your writing.

I was very intrigued by_Catcher in the Rye_and am currently reading_Nine Stories_. My

original topic for this paper was how your schooling experience affected the story line

in_Catcher in the Rye_. As you may find it hard to believe I have had trouble finding

information on this topic. I have also considered the topic of how your experience in WW2

affected your writings. If you could help me out in any way, shape, or form, I would truly

appreciate it.


Matt Lauterbach


Matt Lauterbach

Nov 20, 1997
10:59 AM

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.

Michael Hackett