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Nine Stories (1953)

by J. D. Salinger

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Series: Glass Family (1)

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The "original, first-rate, serious, and beautiful" short fiction (New York Times Book Review) that introduced J. D. Salinger to American readers in the years after World War II, including "A Perfect Day for Bananafish" and the first appearance of Salinger's fictional Glass family. Nine exceptional stories from one of the great literary voices of the twentieth century. Witty, urbane, and frequently affecting, Nine Stories sits alongside Salinger's very best work--a treasure that will passed down for many generations to come. The stories: A Perfect Day for Bananafish Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut Just Before the War with the Eskimos The Laughing Man Down at the Dinghy For Esmé--with Love and Squalor Pretty Mouth and Green My Eyes De Daumier-Smith's Blue Period Teddy… (more)
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I didn't hate it, but it mostly didn't do anything for me. "Blue Period" and "Esmé" are maybe the two standouts in the bunch. ( )
  skolastic | Feb 2, 2021 |
a world of high drama. ( )
  stravinsky | Dec 28, 2020 |
Well-written, but too slice-of-life for my taste in short stories. ( )
  bookwyrmm | Oct 12, 2020 |
Read this after watching the "Salinger" documentary. I enjoyed this immensely and the last two stories had me laughing out loud. I'd take this over "Franny and Zooey" any day. ( )
  Cail_Judy | Apr 21, 2020 |
The reader is taunted with being fascinated by, but always kept at arms length and wondering what is going on inside the characters as their lives fall apart. ( )
  reg_lt | Feb 7, 2020 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Salinger, J. D.Authorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Böll, AnnemarieTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Böll, HeinrichTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Benton-Harris, JohnCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fruttero, CarloTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Judd, RogerCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schnack, ElisabethTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Epigraph
We know the sound of two hands clapping.
But what is the sound of one hand clapping?
-- a Zen koan
Dedication
To Dorothy Olding and Gus Lobrano
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There were ninety-seven New York advertising men in the hotel, and, the way they were monopolizing the long-distance lines, the girl in 507 had to wait from noon till almost two-thirty to get her call through.
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Life is a gift horse in my opinion.
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(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
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Non-U.S. editions of J.D. Salinger's short story collection Nine Stories are titled For Esmé - with Love and Squalor, and Other Stories. "For Esmé – with Love and Squalor" is also the title of a single Salinger short story from Nine Stories. Please distinguish between the collection of stories (this LT work) and the separate short story having the same title. Thank you.
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The "original, first-rate, serious, and beautiful" short fiction (New York Times Book Review) that introduced J. D. Salinger to American readers in the years after World War II, including "A Perfect Day for Bananafish" and the first appearance of Salinger's fictional Glass family. Nine exceptional stories from one of the great literary voices of the twentieth century. Witty, urbane, and frequently affecting, Nine Stories sits alongside Salinger's very best work--a treasure that will passed down for many generations to come. The stories: A Perfect Day for Bananafish Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut Just Before the War with the Eskimos The Laughing Man Down at the Dinghy For Esmé--with Love and Squalor Pretty Mouth and Green My Eyes De Daumier-Smith's Blue Period Teddy

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Published as Nine Stories in the U.S., and as For Esmé - with Love and Squalor, and Other Stories in the U.K. and other countries.
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Hachette Book Group

3 editions of this book were published by Hachette Book Group.

Editions: 0316769509, 0316767727, 0316769568

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