J.D. Salinger, whose 1951 novel "The Catcher in the Rye" earned him widespread success, reportedly instructed his estate to publish a series of never-before-read books starting in 2015, a new biography about the reclusive author claims.
The series is expected comprise at least five additional books — some of which are continuations of previous Salinger work and some entirely new, the New York Times reported.
The new books and stories were reportedly largely written before Salinger assigned his writing to a trust in 2008.
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The revelation about the new work is included in an upcoming documentary and companion biography, both titled "Salinger," which are slated for release next month.
"I would expect it to be one of the biggest publishing events of the year, if not the decade," Jonathan Karp, the publisher of Simon & Schuster, told the Times of the new Salinger work.
The film is directed by Shane Salerno, a filmmaker who spent nine years researching and filming the movie that the Weinstein Company will release Sept. 6. It will later air on PBS in the American Masters series. The companion book, co-written by David Shields, is to be published by Simon & Schuster Sept. 3.
"[Salinger is] going to have a second act unlike any writer in history," Salerno told the Times. "There's no precedent for this."
Salinger died in 2010 at age 91 but his last original work was released years before in 1965, though he continued to write.
Holden Caulfield, the fictional protagonist in Salinger's "Catcher," is expected to make a reappearance in some of the new work, according to NPR.
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