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Literary Losses: J. D. Salinger & Howard Zinn

Feb 1, 2010 12:54 PM | 0 comments

Last week was a tough one for writers and readers. We lost the famous reclusive author J. D. Salinger, and activist/writer Howard ZinnI've been a fan of Salinger’s unique and captivating writing since (like so many) discovering The Catcher in the Rye when I was a teenager. His collection, Nine Stories, which contains the cryptic and beautiful “A Perfect Day for Bananafish,” has a depth and staying power that makes it effecting long into adulthood.

Howard Zinn, who grew up in Brooklyn, was still busy writing and working as an activist at 87, and had just produced a major project, the film The People Speak, featuring well-known actors and performers.


We also lost two other prolific authors, Louis Achincloss and Robert Parker. Achincloss was the author of more than 60 books who also happened to be a full-time Wall Street lawyer. His frequent subjects were the corruption and goings-on in New York City’s upper class. If you are a crime and mystery fan, you are probably familiar with Robert Parker. The author of several series featuring private i’s such as Spenser (made into the TV series Spenser for Hire) and Jesse Stone, passed away in his Cambridge home at the age of 77.


These authors will be missed, but we can take some comfort in knowing their work lives on for us to enjoy. Check out their books at your local library.

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