Sunday, May 13, 2012

March 1940 Vol. 1 by J.D. Salinger

Bootleg anthology of previously unpublished Salinger short stories
This copy of collected J.D. Salinger short stories was more than likely published in 1975, originating somewhere in California. Known as March 1940 Volume 1, it collects 17 of Salinger's first short stories published in various magazines mostly from the 1940's to mid 1950's. Among these stories is "Slight Rebellion Off Madison," which is Holden Caulfield's fictional debut, along with others that contain various Caulfields in them, or at least references. These stories bridge the gap before Catcher in the Rye to when he first began publishing. Volume II contains five slightly longer stories, and I've been after it for some time—they aren't cheap though. After an injunction that Salinger's lawyers filed, most copies of these volumes were seized and/or incinerated, hence the weighty price tag. The cover of this slim volume is a reprinting of the March-April 1940 cover of Collier's, in which the story "The Stranger" first appeared.

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