- Kenneth Slawenski (2011). J.D. Salinger: A Life. Random House. ISBN/ASIN 1400069513.
"Dead Caulfields" writer Kenneth Slawenski published his own biography of Salinger, complete with much never-before-known information. Slawenski's book places Salinger's work within his life, avoiding shocking tales without becoming too-close to its subject.
- Ian Hamilton (1988). In Search of J. D. Salinger. Random House. ISBN/ASIN 0394534689.
Ian Hamilton recounts his attempts at writing a biography of JDS. Probably more insight into the man comes from JDS' lawsuit to stop the publication of this book. The notable event herein is the admission by JDS that he does continue to write even though nothing new has been published since 1965. This book was substantially rewritten in response to the Salinger v. Random House copyright-infringement suit. The original contained lengthy portions of Salinger's letters and his unpublished stories. The final version would have been quite skimpy without these quotes so it was filled out with a blow-by-blow of the lawsuit.
- Joyce Maynard (1998). At Home in the World. Picador U.S.A.. ISBN/ASIN 0312195567.
- Joyce Maynard. At Home in the World, audiotape, Soundelux Audio Pub. ISBN/ASIN 1559352892.
Ms. Maynard went to live with Salinger for nine months in 1972 when she was 18. She has had a writing career of her own but, decided to publish a memoir of her relationship with Salinger and her letters from him.
- Richard Elman (1998). Namedropping: Mostly Literary Memoirs. State Univ of New York Press. ISBN/ASIN 0791438791.
Elman, an accomplished but widely unnoticed writer, wraps up some essays about his meeting various celebrities. His kids went to school with Salinger's and so he got to talking to him about writing. A pertinent quote follows:
- "'My book?' His voice was low, confident, and confidential, from the driver's seat of his Jaguar sedan where he sat behind the wheel. 'Richard,' he said, 'it's really nice not to have to publish anything until the work is completed...and that's real nice, Richard.'"
- Paul Alexander (June 1999). JD Salinger: A Biography. Renaissance Books. ISBN/ASIN 1580630804.
Alexander's book was deemed "not substantive" and dropped by Doubleday. Crown also rejected it, as they were reportedly also worried about the legal fallout from Hamilton's In Search Of...
- Margaret Salinger (September 6, 2000). The Dream Catcher. Washington Square Press. ISBN/ASIN 0671042815.