5 Things You Didn't Know About J.D. Salinger

1. He donated his unpublished story ‘The Ocean Full of Bowling Balls’, written in 1947, to the Princeton library in 2010. The story is about the death of Kenneth Caulfield and contains the ‘greatest letter home from camp ever composed by man or boy’. This letter is sent from The Catcher in the Rye protagonist Holden Caulfield to his younger brother, Kenneth, who becomes ‘Allie’ in said novel... 

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#23: A Perfect Day For Bananafish by J.D. Salinger

What makes a twist ending different from one which simply continues on from themes already developed? To my mind, A Perfect Day for Bananafish falls clearly in the latter category but there are many who’d argue its surprise ending is unwarranted given what has come before. Like much of Salinger’s work, it divides people, if only because of the ambiguity in which Salinger presents seemingly black and white events...

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