Report: 'Catcher in the Rye' prequel one of leaked Salinger stories
The book appears to be one of those in a 25-copy compilation of the stories privately printed without Salinger’s permission in London in 1999. The stories leaked on the Internet appeared as a “pdf” scan of that book, the New York Times said in its online edition.
Alarmed by his sudden fame after “Catcher” was published, Salinger had been a recluse since 1953, ferociously protecting his privacy in Cornish, N.H. Salinger died in 2010 of natural causes at 91.
But they later were available on a handful of sites.
The story “The Ocean Full of Bowling Balls” is seen as a prequel to “Catcher.” It is about Kenneth Caulfield, the younger brother of “Catcher” protagonist Holden Caulfield and the model for the character Allie in the book.
David Ulin, book critic for the Los Angeles Times, vouched for the authenticity of two of the stories. He has not read “The Ocean Full of Bowling Balls.”
“Catcher” has been translated into the world’s major languages and sold more than 65 million copies. It is routinely listed among the best novels of the 20th century.
In 2009, he sued to stop the U.S. publication of a novel by Swedish writer Fredrik Colting that presents Holden Caulfield as an old man.
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