J.D. Salinger and Beyond

June 19, 2005
(was 11.03.2002)

If you want to know the truth about J.D. Salinger, good luck.  To this day we know more about his fictional character Holden Caulfield than we do about the man who created him.  In this hour of the Peabody-Award winning program To the Best of Our Knowledge, literary life after Salinger’s masterpiece.  Also, the Salinger legacy in American culture, from the movie “Igby Goes Down” to the assassination of John Lennon.  And writer Charles Baxter takes on childhood.

  1. Chris Kubica on "Letters to J.D. Salinger"

    Editor Chris Kubica talks about his project, “Letters to J.D. Salinger.” Kubica asked dozens of authors to sound off to Salinger by writing him letters - even if Salinger will never read them.

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  2. John Wenke on J.D. Salinger

    John Wenke traces the influence of “The Catcher in the Rye” on American culture from film to high profile crime.

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  3. Charles Baxter on "Saul and Patsy"

    Writer Charles Baxter understands the inner world of teenagers.  He shares a tale of teen angst from his novel, “Saul and Patsy.”

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  4. Margaret Salinger on Her Father

    Margaret Salinger talks about her childhood in the woods of New Hampshire with her father, J.D. Salinger.

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  5. Garrison Keillor on "Lake Woebegon"

    Garrison Keillor, host of A Prairie Home Companion, recalls his coming of age in his novel, “Lake Woebegon: Summer of 1956.” 

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