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Thursday, June 04, 2009

Salinger sues writer over alleged Catcher in the Rye sequel

The reclusive writer JD Salinger has been goaded into another round of litigation by a mystery first-time novelist who has brought the story of Holden Caulfield into the present age in alleged breach of Salinger's copyright.

Salinger, who has spent the past 34 years writing books that he has never allowed to be published and suing anyone who has dared to borrow from his work, has lodged the lawsuit in a New York federal court. He is suing the author, publisher and distributor of a forthcoming novel called 60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye, which features a 76-year-old "Mr C".
The character is clearly based on Caulfield, one of the most famous personifications in American literature, who narrates Catcher aged 16. In Salinger's 1951 book, the character runs away from an elite prep school and spends a few days roaming around New York City.


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