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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Losing Salinger

Hapworth 16, 1924

If Roger Lathbury wouldn't have had a slip of the tongue and leaked word to the press about it's publishing, Hapworth would have been in every hipster's hand after J.D. Salinger passed away earlier this year.

Instead, everyone dug out their high school copies of Catcher in the Rye and claimed Holden was their soul mate.

But, Hapworth never reached bookshelves.

Originally published in The New Yorker in 1965, the story was set to be bound and sold by Roger Lathbury's small publishing house, Orchises Press. Lathbury even designed a cover (pictured to the right), to Salinger's specific requests.

The whole situation is complicated, and even sad. My friend Scott passed on this article Lathbury wrote about this experience, which I recommend reading.

(CLICK HERE) to read the article and learn more.


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