J.D. Salinger's Unpublished Work Will Be Coming to a Bookstore Near You

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It's a perfect day for bananafish, and an even better one to get excited about more J.D. Salinger.

As The Guardian reports, never-before-seen work from one of the most famous authors of the 20th century is on its way. Salinger was (in)famously guarded with his writing, publishing nothing after the combined set of two novellas, Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction, in 1963.

It's well-known that Salinger continued to write diligently right up until his death in 2010, but little from that last nearly half-century of his life has ever been seen. Matt Salinger, the late author's son, confirmed that though his father was not published prolifically, he continued to write every day.

"He'd be driving the car and he'd pull over to write something and laugh to himself," Matt Salinger told The Guardian. "Next to every chair he had a notebook." Matt also said that reports from 2013 regarding the subject matter of Salinger's leftover manuscripts—namely that he wrote about his brief marriage to Sylvia Welter, a rumored Nazi collaborator—were generally false, and "have little to no bearing on reality."

While there is likely no follow-up on Holden Caulfield, The Catcher in the Rye's protagonist, it appears that some of the completed manuscripts do continue to follow the Glass family, who Salinger wrote about in much of his short fiction.

Matt Salinger said that some of the material on its way might "disappoint people that [J.D.] wouldn't care about," but that true fans of his father's work would appreciate the writing he left behind.

So how soon can we expect to see this work? The only firm promise given was that it will begin happening "over the next decade." Fifty years of new pages can only be sorted through so quickly, but Matt says that he and his father's widow are "going as fast as we freaking can."

No rush! We've waited this long.

[h/t The Guardian]