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Saturday, October 7, 2017

California Woman Claims She Is Only Living Heir To $15 million Fortune of Writer Who 'Served As Inspiration for J. D. Salinger's Holden Caulfield Character in Catcher in the Rye

Rye_catcherBarbara Sinclair Benson, 80, is claiming that she is the last remaining biological relative of Lamont Buchanan. Buchanan, who died two years ago at the age of 96, was a writer who passed away with no will and a $15.4 million fortune. It is unknown exactly how he amassed his wealth, but acquaintances have surmised that is was from very frugal living and intelligent investing. What is more, Buchanan may have been the source of J.D. Salinger’s inspiration for his iconic Holden Caulfield character from The Catcher in the Rye. The writers were acquainted and a series of interviews revealed that Salinger acknowledged that Buchanan served as part of the inspiration for Caulfield. The City of New York is currently holding the multi-million dollar fortune and Benson is coming forward because she does not “want the state of New York to get the money. My children and grandkids can enjoy it a lot more and put it to better use.”

See California Woman Claims She Is Only Living Heir To $15 million Fortune of Writer Who 'Served As Inspiration for J. D. Salinger's Holden Caulfield Character in Catcher in the Rye', DailyMail.com, September 30, 2017.

Special thanks to Joel C. Dobris (Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law) for bringing this article to my attention.

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