Salinger

A Biography

Paul Alexander

Renaissance Books

Download Image Paul Alexander Salinger

Available Formats

BookeBook

J.D. Salinger was one of the twentieth century’s greatest writers.  He was also one of its most elusive.  After making his mark on the American literary scene, Salinger retreated to a small town in New Hampshire where he hoped to hide his life away from the world.  With dogged determination, however, journalist and biographer Paul Alexander captured Salinger’s story in this, the only complete biography of Holden Caulfield’s creator published to date.  Using the archives at Princeton, Yale, Harvard, Columbia, NYU and the New York Public Library as well as research in New York and New Hampshire, Alexander has created a great biography of Salinger that’s further enriched by interviews with some of the greatest literary figures of our time: George Plimpton, Gay Talese, Ian Hamilton, Harold Bloom, Roger Angell, A. Scott Berg, Robert Giroux, Ved Mehta, Gordon Lish and Tom Wolfe.

Connect with the Author

Paul Alexander

Related Links


Sign Up for
Author Updates

Macmillan Newsletter


Sign up to receive information about new books, author events, and special offers.

Sign up now

Reviews

Praise for Salinger

"The most comprehensive biography to date has been Paul Alexander's 'Salinger' (1999)...[it] is, to my mind, more dramatically vivid and psychologically astute."—Jay McInerney, The New York Times Book Review, Feb. 13, 2011

“As good a biography of Salinger as we’re likely to get for awhile. Alexander…[has] succeeded in placing Salinger in the context of his times, and in finding in the author’s life seeds of inspiration for his fiction.”—Boston Globe

“It is safe to say that Alexander will not be making any friends among the faithful by bringing us even closer to a man who wants to be known only as the creator of Holden Caulfield.”—New York Magazine

 “Alexander has drawn an eerie portrait of an increasingly eccentric writer whose attempts to maintain his privacy [are] actually…a manipulative way of promoting himself and his books.”—Library Journal

“Alexander documents, among other things, Salinger’s nervous breakdown after World War II; his hatred of New York publishers; his hatred of Hollywood; and his ugly divorce from Claire Douglas.”—Liz Smith

“For hardcover fans, this biography is a must.”—Toronto Sun

“Alexander’s volume is a major publishing event…A skilled investigative reporter, journalist, and biographer, Alexander surveyed numerous archives…to get his ‘story’…Strongly recommended.”—Choice


Reviews from Goodreads

Back

About the Author

Paul Alexander

PAUL ALEXANDER is the author of many biographies, including Rough Magic, a biography of Sylvia Plath; Man of the People, a biography of John McCain; and Machiavelli’s Shadow: The Rise and Fall of Karl Rove. His nonfiction has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Nation, New York Magazine, and The Daily Beast.

Paul Alexander

Back

Buy the Book

Available Formats and Book Details

Salinger
A Biography
Paul Alexander

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
Renaissance Books
November 2010
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312673345
ISBN10: 0312673345
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 368 pages
$16.99

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
Renaissance Books
July 2000
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781580631488
ISBN10: 1580631487
6 x 9 inches, 352 pages
$19.99

e-Book Agency

e-Book Agency
St. Martin's Press
Renaissance Books
August 2013
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466853218
ISBN10: 1466853212
368 pages
$9.99
Back

From The Publisher

Renaissance Books

Latest on Facebook

Latest on Twitter

Back