Unpublished Salinger biography heads to NY auction

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The cover of a review copy of “J.D. Salinger: A Writing Life” by Ian Hamilton. (AP Photo/Swann Auction Galleries)

The cover of a review copy of “J.D. Salinger: A Writing Life” by Ian Hamilton. (AP Photo/Swann Auction Galleries)

NEW YORK (AP) — An unauthorized and never-published biography of J.D. Salinger is heading for auction in New York City.

Ian Hamilton’s “J.D. Salinger: A Writing Life” is estimated to fetch $4,000 to $6,000 at Swann Auction Galleries on Nov. 21. It’s being sold by a private American collector.

A spokeswoman for Salinger’s estate didn’t immediately return a call Monday seeking comment.

Salinger successfully blocked release of Hamilton’s book in 1987, citing the use of previously unpublished letters. “The Catcher in the Rye” author died in 2010.

The bound, uncorrected proof was one of about 100 printed as review copies. Swann’s literature specialist, John Larson, says none has ever come up at auction.

He says the timing is good, citing a new biography and recent documentary about the reclusive novelist.

Hamilton died in 2001.

 

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