We all know the story: the coming of age tale of young Holden Caulfield who hated “phonies.” As teens, we were captivated by J.D. Salinger’s iconic novel The Catcher in the Rye, and connected with one of literature’s most memorable and rebellious narrators. Recently, it has been revealed that the master behind The Catcher in the Rye had five more unpublished works. When Salinger passed away in 2010, the world was left with many questions regarding his life and earlier works of his that were never given the chance to be in the spotlight.
In what appears to be a sequel to The Catcher in the Rye, one of Salinger’s manuscripts reportedly develops Holden Caulfield’s story in even more detail. The manuscript, entitled The Last and the Best of the Peter Pans, is said to feature Holden himself. Whether you were a fan of The Catcher in the Rye growing up or simply read the novel because it was required for school, you know that it’s hard to forget Holden’s crude language and unruly actions. Although Caulfield speaks in the first person in Catcher in the Rye, this newly discovered short story appears to have been written in the third person.
Salinger’s other highly anticipated unpublished works include A Religious Manuel, A World War II Love Story (inspired by Salinger’s short marriage to a woman named Sylvia who supposedly had close ties to the Nazis), and A Counterintelligence Agent’s Diary, which is largely based on his involvement questioning prisoners during WWII. The last manuscript found is entitled The Complete Chronicle of the Glass Family; Salinger fans will be happy to hear that it includes the character Seymour Glass.
With the recent news of Salinger’s unpublished works, the public is again wondering why he seemed to have disappeared during the last 45 years of his life. Nevertheless, there is a possibility that a new documentary detailing Salinger’s life could reveal even more secrets about the author.
The books will be published between 2015 and 2020. Fans of Salinger’s novels or those simply interested in learning a bit more about the author’s life can see the new documentary, Salinger, in theatres now.