Cover

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Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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Acknowledgments

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p. ix

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Introduction

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p. xi

My love affair with the U.S. mail began in fourth grade shortly after I read my first comic book during recess. It wasn't a very exciting story. Completely forgetable, actually, but on the comic's inside back cover was a colorful series of advertisements through which a grade school lad with a few bucks could buy...

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Part One: Writers and Readers

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pp. 1-112

All these salutes! Raise high the roof beams! Shoot the fireworks! Hardly a reader among our generation to whom Holden Caulfield didn't speak, even those of us for whom a prep school was a place we had scarcely heard of, let alone attended. And after fifty years his story still has the power to...

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Part Two: Students and Teachers

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pp. 113-194

Even though you live high up on the hills with a view across the river and famous covered bridge to Mount Ascutney, while I am moving in on the Flat with the traffic between Claremont and Hanover rumbling by, I feel that we should think of ourselves as neighbors. There are no more people...

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Part Three: From the Web

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pp. 195-240

It has been ten years since I've read a short story of your's, by accident, in an old issue of The Saturday Evening Post. From there on it was a hunt to find everything you've had in print. At first I wanted to thank you for all the great characters and stories you have given to your readers over the...

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Postscript: The Changing Art of Critical Response to the Fiction of J. D. Salinger

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pp. 243-250

J. D. Salinger is about as likely to discuss his writing craft on national television as he is to respond to any of the letters in this book. But Letters to J. D. Salinger is not intended for Salinger so much as it is intended to advance understanding of both traditional and new ways of responding to literature. Critics, with an interest in Salinger's fiction or a curiosity...