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Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

J. D. Salinger Files Suit Over "Sequel" To Catcher in the Rye

The notoriously reclusive J. D. Salinger has filed a lawsuit over the book 60 Years Later, which is listed as "pre-pub" by, and has as its author the pseudonymous "J.D. California." 60 Years Later, published by Nicotext, is described as a "sequel" to Catcher in the Rye. Mr. Salinger claims that he holds the copyright to the book and the characters in Catcher in the Rye, and does not want to write a sequel.

Amazon gives this bio of "J. D. California."

Born in California to a Swedish mother and an American father, where John David's parents were working for a traveling circus company, John David was named after the state in which he was born. John David's writing career started as a freelance travel writer for several international magazines, as well as several short film scripts. The former gravedigger and Ironman triathlete has been captivated by the story of Mr.C for years. After finding a well-travelled copy of The Catcher in the Rye in an abandoned cabin in rural Cambodia, the iconic characters within saw John through the most maniacal of tropical fevers and chronic isolation. Years later he was finally able to return the favour, holding the fate of Mr.C in his inspired hands with 60 Years Later: Coming through the Rye.

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