J. D. Salinger: A Life - Kenneth Slawenski, Norman Dietz Admirable scholarship. This may turn out to be THE definitive volume on the life and works of J.D. Salinger. The level of detail is only suitable for serious fans. Casual readers will not stick it. Had I tried to read it in print, I doubt I would have finished it. From one hermit to another, J.D., I forgive you for going into seclusion and refusing to produce more work for publication. I understand now what you went through, and I would have done the same.