The new stories might provide an insight into the author that the documentary released earlier this year failed to.
While J.D. Salinger’s stories, like The Catcher in the Rye and The Glass Family stories managed to capture the spirit of a generation, much of his work remains unpublished. Recently, three Salinger stories – The Ocean Full of Bowling Balls, Paula, and Birthday Boy have surfaced. Because the stories originally surfaced in a self-published book, offered on eBay, the original source is difficult to trace. However, Buzzfeed have reported that according to Salinger's biographer Kenneth Slawenski, all the stories are genuine.
The recenlty released Salinger documentary failed to meet expectations.
The newly leaked stories cap off a year of revelations about the author and introspection into his life and work, including the announcement of five new Salinger tomes, set to be published before 2020 and of course the Shane Salerno documentary on the author. In his film, Salerno promises to present his decade-long investigation of the author, promoting new insights into his private life and the motivation behind his writing.
The film was also expected to delve into the reasons behind Salinger's complete retreat from writing in 1965. Several critics have disagreed with this description, stating that Salerno gives a tabloid-like perspective, revealing the scandalous without actually delving any deeper into the history. As Vulture's David Edelstein put it, the film is “everything — in a single place, perfectly distilled — that made Salinger’s skin crawl enough to renounce the world, move to Cornish, New Hampshire, and stop publishing.”
While the movie may have been a bit of a disappointment, the newly uncovered stories are exciting news for any fans of Salinger’s writing and readers in general. After all, despite the disappointingly small volume of his published work, Salinger is one of the key figures of American literature and the mystery and controversy of his personal life continues to fascinate readers to this very day.
Salinger found unbridled success with his early writing, but it is thought that this very fame was what caused him to stop publishing.