6 thoughts on “Salinger New Yorker Stories

  1. Thank you! Now I can find “Hapworth,” which I wanted to read after I read the following at the HuffPost report of Salinger’s death:

    “His last published work of any kind, the short story “Hapworth 16, 1924,” appeared in The New Yorker in 1965.

    Jay McInerney, a young star in the 1980s thanks to the novel “Bright Lights, Big City,” is not a fan of Hapworth and skeptical about the contents of the safe.

    “I think there’s probably a lot in there, but I’m not sure if it’s necessarily what we hope it is,” McInerney said Thursday. “`Hapworth’ was not a traditional or terribly satisfying work of fiction. It was an insane epistolary monologue, virtually shapeless and formless. I have a feeling that his later work is in that vein.”

    I read that and thought, wow, if McIninny doesn’t like it, maybe it’s really great. Not traditional, insane monologue, shapeless and formless — just like T. Bernhard! Can’t wait to see inside the Salinger safe…

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