NPR stories about Kenneth Slawenski
This week, an up-close look at the lives of Manhattan chef Gabrielle Hamilton, rapper Ice-T, novelist J.D. Salinger, best-selling author Stieg Larsson and his partner Eva Gabrielsson, and the great philosophers.
J.D Salinger died a year ago this Thursday, and in time for that anniversary, there's a newly published biography called, simply, J.D. Salinger: A Life. Book critic Maureen Corrigan says readers who revere Salinger will find a lot that's surprising in his early background.
In a new biography of the famously reclusive author J.D. Salinger — and the first since the author's death — Kenneth Slawenski admirably tries to mine the writer's secrets for answers. But without much material to work from, the book doesn't offer many new revelations.