Sunday Times article

Scottie Bowman (
Sun, 21 Mar 1999 17:02:13 +0000

    The following appeared in this morning's 
    Sunday Times (London).  It seems to be 
    in preparation for the television programme 
    on Tuesday evening.

    I've copied this from the Sunday Times web page.
    And, of course, take no responsibility for any 
    righteous indignation aroused in the hearts of 
    loyal minions.

    Scottie B.

    J D Salinger 'has 15 new books in safe' 
    by Richard Brooks 
    Arts Editor 
    J D SALINGER, one of the world's most influential and 
    reclusive authors, has written at least 15 books since his last 
    work was published more than 30 years ago, according to 
    friends. He is keeping them in a huge vault at his home. 
    The American author of The Catcher in the Rye has shunned 
    the public eye since the mid-1960s and has not published 
    a word since a book of short stories in 1965. His second 
    and last published novel, Franny and Zooey, appeared in 1961. 

    However, friends and visitors to his home have revealed that 
    his house in New Hampshire has a large safe containing 
    numerous finished manuscripts. It is thought they all feature 
    the Glass family, about whom Salinger first wrote in 
    Franny and Zooey. 

    Speaking for the first time, three people, all of whom have 
    been inside Salinger's house in the small town of Cornish, 
    describe "the other books". 

    Jerry Burt, a neighbour, talks of "a huge bank safe" in the house. 
    "I was in the room when it was open," says Burt. "That's 
    where he kept his manuscripts. He told me there were about 
    15 or 16 books finished but that he didn't know if they 
    would be published." 

    Barry Brown, who was 12 when he befriended Salinger, 
    speaks of "Jerry [Salinger] hiding all his work in a huge 
    locked safe. Doesn't it speak to his psyche?" 

    Another friend, Jonathan Schwarz, tells how his girlfriend, 
    Susan, spent the night at Salinger's house after pretending 
    that her car had broken down. After eating a meal of his staple 
    diet, nuts and peas, she too saw the safe and the books. 

    Greg Herriges, one of a band of Salinger pilgrims who visits 
    Cornish regularly, describes on BBC2's Close Up arts programme, 
    to be broadcast on Tuesday, how he snatched a brief 
    conversation with the elusive author. Salinger told him: 
    "I work every day. I'm still writing, but it cannot be rushed. 
    It is contact with the public which hinders my writing." 

    Salinger has been an enigmatic figure since he first shot to fame 
    in 1951 with The Catcher in the Rye, the story of 
    the disillusioned teenager Holden Caulf