Why Catcher in the Rye can Never be a Film

Thanks to our favorite haters for tipping us off to this 1957 letter from J.D. Salinger to a “Mr. Herbert” as to why Catcher could never be made into a film. The Catcher in the Rye is a very novelistic novel. There are readymade “scenes” – only a fool would deny that – but, for me, the weight of the book is in the narrator’s voice, the non-stop peculiarities of it, his personal, extremely discriminating attitude to his reader-listener, his […]

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