The 90 year old reclusive author J.D. Salinger is suing a fan, after writing an unauthorized sequel to his classic novel “The Catcher in the Rye”. The fan, using the name J.D. California, participated in a contest writing sequels to great novels of the past; he chose Salinger’s novel, calling his “60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye”.


Rye Field similar to Holden Caulfield’s

J.D. Salinger filed the lawsuit in federal court in Manhattan, asking for damages from the books author and publisher. Salinger over the years has used the courts to maintain his reclusive state of privacy. Now, a seemingly innocent show of adoration will end up in court as well.

The lawsuit says that only Salinger has the right to use the character Holden Caulfield and to create a sequel, and that he has “decidedly chosen not to exercise that right”.

In the sequel, the author uses a character called Mr. C; a character loosely based on Holden Caulfield the main character from Salinger’s classic “The Catcher in the Rye”. Also the author, J.D. California actually uses J.D. Salinger as a character in the book as well.

J.D. Salinger has often fought legally to stop anyone from using the Catcher in the Rye story. He has fought to stop the BBC from producing a television version of the story, and has denied film rights to Steven Spielberg and others. He has also fought in court several times blocking counterfeit interviews, and such that obsessed fans or others have tried to use for publicity or for monetary gain.

Over the years, there have been deeply disturbing incidences of criminal activity and high profile murders that have had a link to “The Catcher in the Rye”. John Hinckley Jr., the stalker of actress Jodie Foster and the man who tried to kill President Ronald Reagan had a copy of the book in his hotel room. Mark David Chapman, the man who killed John Lennon also tried to model his life after the books main character, Holden Caulfield; also less known, Robert John Bardo who stalked and killed actress Rebecca Schaeffer in 1989, took some of his cues from the novel.

J.D. Salinger’s classic novel “The Catcher in the Rye” has been one of the most banned books in public schools due to some of its controversial content. According to the American Library Association, in 1981 it was the most censored as well as the second most taught novel in high schools.

J.D. Salinger has not given an interview since 1980, and has not written an original work since 1965; he has never appeared in court in any of his lawsuits. With J.D. Salinger’s lawsuit over “The Catcher in the Rye” sequel it is doubtful the 90 year old recluse will show up in court this time either.

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