J.D. Salinger still protecting Catcher in the Rye - Macleans.ca

J.D. Salinger still protecting Catcher in the Rye

The recluse is taking legal action over “a ripoff”

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The 90-year-old author is seeking an injunction against the author, publishers and distributor of a purported sequel to his classic 1951 novel. 60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye, written by someone using the name John David California (and called John Doe in the lawsuit), features a character very much like Salinger’s Holden Caulfield—a 76-year-old escapee from a retirement home identified as “Mr C.” The novel is dedicated to Salinger, who is a character in it wondering whether to continue Caulfield’s story. Salinger, who has only emerged from his New Hampshire home in recent decades in order to take legal actions, was not impressed with the dedication. “The sequel is not a parody and it does not comment upon or criticize the original,” the lawsuit—which cited numerous similarities in story and language—said. “It is a ripoff, pure and simple.”

The Guardian

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