D. SALINGER by Warren French


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Salinger, the Sweetheart of All-American Adolescents (both young and old) gets here another probing as to why he is so popular, so persuasive. If neither the critique nor the conclusions can be called earth-shaking, still Professor French has done lots of homework. There's much explication de texte, a form of exegesis usually reserved for Eliot's poems or Kant's Reason, but most of it's either overstuffed or underfed (there's no real illumination re Salinger's style -- the bon mots, the sad/sassy dialogue, the confessional rhythms, the ever-fresh flavor of contemporary immediacy -- which are, when all is said and done, what have made him). Even so, an exhaustive check list, bound to stir up Salingerians, pro and con, all over the place.

Pub Date: April 16th, 1963
Publisher: wayne