The first Salinger biography in over a decade - here is the definitive account of the life of one of the most famous and best-selling authors of our time. In January this year, J.D. Salinger, author of the much-loved classic Catcher in the Rye, died at his New Hampshire home. Catcher has sold more than 65 million copies but little is known about its author, who gave his last interview 30 years ago. In shunning the limelight for so long, the famously reclusive Salinger has created a legion of fans, fascinated by the life of this intensely private man. In this new and definitive biography, Salinger expert Kenneth Slawenski recounts the author's life. Slawenski researched the book for eight years, speaking with more than 60 people connected to Salinger, trawling libraries for letters, uncovering birth certificates and marriage licences, and gaining access to previously unavailable records. This comprehensive and brave work is a timely tribute to a fascinating man.