First Howard Zinn, now this. Salinger was poised to become the next great American author in 1951, and then he curiously vanished.
He left behind quite an enigmatic legacy, not to mention The Catcher in the Rye - his masterpiece.
Regardless of your feelings about Catcher in the Rye (an admittedly polarizing book), one must acknowledge his substantial writing talent and his profound effect on readers worldwide.
Rest in peace, JD.