The works of The Catcher within the Rye creator JD Salinger are lastly being printed in e-book format, almost 10 years after his dying.
Salinger’s work has remained offline as a result of the author hated computer systems and know-how, his son Matt instructed the New York Occasions.
However he stated he now needed his father’s work to be extra accessible.
Matt Salinger stated a letter from a disabled fan, who discovered it tough to learn print, modified his thoughts.
“Ebooks and audiobooks are powerful… he clearly did not need them,” stated Matt, who helps run the JD Salinger Literary Belief.
He defined that he had resisted requests to situation e-books for years due to his father’s aversion to the web, recalling how an try to clarify Fb to his father left him “horrified”.
However it was after Matt was contacted by a disabled Salinger fan that he started to have a rethink. She instructed him she discovered it tough to learn printed books.
“She took me personally to activity in a really sharp however humorous approach, and from the second I learn her letter I used to be dedicated to determining a strategy to let her learn my father’s books, as she so needed,” Matt stated.
Salinger’s 4 printed novels will all be out there as ebooks – The Catcher within the Rye, 9 Tales, Franny and Zooey, and Elevate Excessive the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction.
Matt added that the selection to deliver out ebooks was additionally sarcastically pushed by his father himself as a result of, above all, he had needed to succeed in as many various readers as doable.
“My father at all times did what he may to maintain his books reasonably priced and accessible to as many readers as doable, particularly college students,” stated Matt.
Salinger’s work can even be coming to the New York Public Library, one of many metropolis’s main vacationer sights. The library is to carry the primary public exhibition of things from the author’s private archive this autumn.
They may embody letters, household images and the typescript for The Catcher within the Rye with the creator’s handwritten edits, in addition to round 160 different objects.
Matt Salinger and his father’s writer didn’t say if any of his work can be launched as audiobooks.
Though Salinger, who died in 2010 aged 91, printed a comparatively small of novels, his son stated he truly left behind many extra that had by no means been seen.
The hope, he instructed the Guardian earlier this 12 months, was additionally to deliver these books to his followers by publishing them slowly over the following 10 years.
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