What was J.D. Salinger’s problem?
The big revelation in "Salinger" (the film) and "Salinger" (the book), both to be released this week, is that rumors of a vault of unpublished manuscripts by the author of "The Catcher in the Rye" have turned out to be true, and, furthermore, that some of these writings continue the stories of the Glass family and Holden Caulfield. Less exciting (a lot less exciting) is the news that at least one of the manuscripts (which will be published between 2015 and 2020) is a "manual" for the Vedanta religion, the faith that engrossed Salinger for the last 50 years of his life.
Book and film also feature biographical information from new sources, most notably Jean Miller, a woman Salinger met in 1949, when she was 14, and with whom he had a quasi-romantic friendship for about five years. (Salinger dismissed her the day after the relationship was consummated.) Miller was the inspiration for the title character in his story "For Esme, with Love and Squalor."