Haslam's Salinger in the Rye provides readers with meticulously researched, in-depth insights into the people, places, and things that J.D. Salinger references in his published and unpublished work. Moving from every publication to the available unpublished short stories, Haslam records and provides insight for every single reference (from the critical to the mundane). The book includes an overview of Salinger's chronology, literary styles and themes, a detailed bibliography of his works, a working bibliography of books and articles about Salinger, a chapter dedicated to his recurring family stories with matching family trees, encyclopedia entries that correspond with Salinger's references-including separate chapters for allusions and pop culture, New York State, other U.S. States and Cities, and foreign countries/territories.
"Was Lida Louise a real singer in the 1950's? "Blue Melody"
Where was the Linit Sign located? "The Laughing Man"
Is the R.K.O. theatre still on 86th Street? "Seymour: An Introduction"
I remember the name Jack Teagarden coming up in "The Inverted Forest," but does he pop up anywhere else? YES! In three other stories in fact (once in the unpublished, "Children's Echelon!)"
This book is written for fans, teachers, researchers, and theorists who have grown up in a world radically different from that of J.D. Salinger's literary moment. It considers Salinger's attachments to other great works, people, places, and events as entirely calculated and explores what such connections might mean for the ongoing literary conversation.