"Letters by J.D. Salinger"

The curtain comes up on the reclusive author's private life, detailed in a 40-plus-year correspondence with his friend Michael Mitchell. Read 11 letters he wrote at the Morgan Library & Museum, and draw your own conclusions.

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Letter ten

December 16, 1992
Salinger wishes Matthew had chosen a profession that didn't beat him down quite so much, and wonders if he'd be happier doing something less "chancey" than "the acting business." A fire ravaged Salinger's home, and destroyed everything except a piece of his bedroom and, "providentially," his workroom, where he kept his papers and manuscripts.

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