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50 years worth of unpublished work by JD Salinger is being released

50 years worth of unpublished work by JD Salinger is being released

JD Salinger published just four books in his lifetime, all to great acclaim. His most famous work, The Catcher in the Rye, continues to sell around one million copies every year.

Though he died in 2010, Salinger has not published anything since 1965. His family has recently confirmed however, that he continued to write for decades, and there is around 50 years worth of material that has yet to be read by the public.

Last week, the Salinger family announced that this previously unseen work is now being prepared for publication. In an interview with the Guardian, Salinger’s son, Matt Salinger said that he and Salinger's widow, Colleen, were ‘going as fast as we freaking can’ to prepare the material for release.

Mr Salinger, who helps oversee his father's literary estate, said any new work might be years away and did not cite any specific titles or plots.

'He wanted me to pull it together, and because of the scope of the job, he knew it would take a long time,' Mr Salinger said of his father. ‘This was somebody who was writing for 50 years without publishing, so that's a lot of material. So there's not a reluctance or a protectiveness: When it's ready, we're going to share it.’