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Three New J.D. Salinger Stories Leaked Online

Thursday, 28 Nov 2013 10:04 PM

By Cathy Burke

Three previously unpublished and closely guarded J.D. Salinger stories appear to have been leaked online for the first time, Buzz Feed reported.

The stories by the legendary author are “The Ocean Full of Bowling Balls,” “Paula,” and “Birthday Boy”— all available to read at research libraries but never been seen in print or online, the website noted.

Salinger scholar Kenneth Slawenski told the website Thursday the stories are those of the famously reclusive writer.

“While I do quibble with the ethics (or lack of ethics) in posting the Salinger stories, they look to be true transcripts of the originals and match my own copies," he said in an email.

The stories apparently were copied from original Salinger manuscripts and published in a 25-copy edition privately printed without Salinger’s approval in London in 1999, The New York Times reported.

A copy of that edition was sold on eBay in September for 67 British pounds—or $110—and on Wednesday, a commenter on the social news site Reddit announced the stories had been “leaked” onto an invitation-only music file-sharing site, Buzz Feed reported.

Before the end of the day they had found their way onto the wider Web, on the photo-sharing site Imgur and elsewhere, The Times reported.

“The Ocean Full of Bowling Balls,” a story about the final day in the life of Holden Caulfield’s younger brother and so a precursor of sorts to the author’s most popular book, "Catcher In The Rye," has been available to researchers at Princeton University Library.

The other two stories, “Paula” and “Birthday Boy,” have been available to researchers at the University of Texas’s Harry Ransom Center.

Salinger died in Jan. 27, 2010, at the age of 91.

A film and book about Salinger this year claimed he instructed his estate to publish at least five new books beginning as early as 2015, but Salinger’s family has declined to comment on that claim, The Times noted.

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