After publishing Catcher in the Rye, Salinger got out of townSource: Vanity Fair
His PTSD affected him for his entire adult life
His early years in seclusion were spent playing with a Ouija boardSource: CBS
J.D. Salinger was not a recluse; he was very private, and he wanted a private life. He was a man of deep, deep contradictions. He was a man who would write about renouncing the world and then write a letter to a friend about how much he liked the Whopper at Burger King.
He never stopped writingSource: ABC News
There is a marvelous peace in not publishing. It's peaceful. Still. Publishing is a terrible invasion of my privacy. I like to write. I love to write. But I write just for myself and my own pleasure.
I would love for more people to read his last two books, Franny and Zooey and Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction, for I hear his voice the clearest in these. He loved writing and he loved his readers, and I hope his readers will be glad for an excuse to remember him in this way.