Friday, June 25, 2010
At Home in the World
Salinger often accused Maynard of writing too much callow, crowd-pleasing journalism. "Some day, Joyce, you'll stop looking over your shoulder to make sure you're keeping everyone happy," he said, "And you'll simply write what's real and true." (Little did he know she would one day write his real and true story!)
After nine months, J. D. Salinger discarded Maynard like a worn-out rag doll, causing her to go into a deep depression and a long-lasting obsession that she confronts at last in the book. And although she left thinking she would always hold a special place in his heart, she learned years later that she was just one of many very young girls he lured into his New Hampshire hideaway hole.
All words and pictures © 2008 Brenda G. Wooley