Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Good article on Salinger

In the New York Times.

I have had one indirect experience with Mr. Salinger’s representatives. An author whose book I was editing really wanted to quote Catcher, and so she wrote for permission. Well, not only was she not permitted to quote Catcher, but the letter insisted something to the effect that she had to write back stating for the record that she would not quote any Salinger in her book. Perhaps this is an editorial right of passage, but I was a little shocked.