“You’ve heard of Pierre Salinger. Born in the USA, he was a colorful figure – fond of good cigars, poker games, and women. His jobs included: investigative journalist, wartime submarine skipper, and President John F. Kennedy’s Press Secretary. Pierre spent many years in France and was a popular correspondent for L’Express. He became known as “Mr. America”, because of his frequent guest appearances on news and public affairs shows, where he was often asked to interpret American events.
J.D. Salinger, in contrast, was an author who shunned the spotlight, but had a tremendous impact on generations of American teenagers. His masterpiece, The Catcher in the Rye, has sold over 65 million copies. It remains a book teenagers talk about with their friends and then re-read. Yet, despite his success, J.D. spent the last 45 years of his life in seclusion – avoiding journalists, turning down movie offers, and refusing to share any more of his writing with the public. “
Caroline Curran analyzes the very different lives of the two Salingers in the latest issue of Carnet Atlantique. Read it online now!