J.D. Salinger and unauthorized sequels

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  1. Kestrel says:

    You should also include in your first grouping Jasper Fforde’s The Eyre Affair which, among other things, “explains” how the ending of Jane Eyre came to be.

  2. Zick Rubin says:

    Several months before Salinger’s death, Holden Caulfield published a guest ReallyLegal column on http://www.zickrubin.com, urging that the injunction against the Colting book be lifted. Caulfield concluded his column:
    “If you really want to know, I’m going to testify for that phony from Sweden and I’m going to sue for custody of my sister Phoebe and I. My father, who is a corporation lawyer and used to haul it in before he got downsized last month, says that is crazy. But I’m going to do it because I would like to read that book before I am goddam 90 years old.”
    The full piece is still posted at http://www.zickrubin.com/resources-column-09-sept.html
    Zick Rubin

  3. Dave Heal says:

    I’m pretty sure Catcher in the Rye will be in the public domain before 2080. It was published in 1951, and work published pre-1978 goes into the public domain (under current law) 95 years after publication, which would mean the copyright will expire in 2046, no?

  4. viva moffat says:

    Right you are, Dave. Thanks for the correction. How embarrassing.

  5. thep says:

    This brief on the Salinger case has a few suggestions, and citations to articles with more suggestions:


    Lo’s Diary, by the way, is an awful book — an unworthy “sequel” if ever there was one.