Monday, June 8, 2009

Attention Salinger Fans

If I don't turn in mid-term grades in the next 48 hours, I've been assured that terrible, unimaginable things will happen to me. Things like this:

Consequently, I've no time to write a proper post today, but if you're a J.D. Salinger fan, you should most definitely read this article about the secret books Salinger’s allegedly been writing for the last 45 years.


Jane of Seagull Fountain said...

So, Josh. I need to know if there is a lot of stuff on how The Bell Jar is like Catcher in the Rye for females. I can't be the only one to notice similarities (and then the differences are striking too). Please help a non-access-to-whatever-that-humanities-database-was-called person.

Josh said...


I hesitate to respond to your question with any authority as I've never read The Bell Jar (insert gasp), and I've only done about five minutes of research on the issue.

I can tell you, however, that two of the three humanities databases I searched returned hits for articles that contained both the terms "bell jar" and "catcher in the rye" (though the number of hits wasn't overwhelming -- 11 and 6, I think). The third database was new and didn't even include Sylvia Plath in its "comprehensive list" of important American writers, so maybe they're just a little behind the curve.

Some of the essays I saw were obviously written to expose the parallels between the two works. One abstract I skimmed even described The Bell Jar with nearly the exact phrase you used (i.e., "The Catcher in the Rye for females").

In other words, given my very cursory glance at the databases, it seems your not alone in seeing the parallel between these two books.

I hope that helps.

Robert Brown said...

I'm not sure if I like the YouTube clip or the article better but, either way, great post.

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