Literary World Wonders About Salinger Manuscripts

02/05/10 6:06AM

With author J.D. Salinger's death last week at age 91, many in the literary world now wonder what stories he might still tell.

The author of "The Catcher in the Rye" supposedly spent the latter half of his life writing for his own pleasure, composing at his Cornish, New Hampshire home. A former neighbor has said Salinger told him he was keeping a stack of manuscripts in a safe. His daughter and a former lover have also claimed he had a secret stash at home.

Salinger's longtime literary agency won't comment on any possible unreleased work or even on what he might have written about.

His neighbors in Cornish, even those who say they spoke with him frequently, have no idea of what Salinger might have penned and say they're proud not to know.

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