This is a list of every book in which a story by J. D. Salinger appears. Yes, there aren't many... Use the shopping list at right to locate the best book sources for the 21 stories published in books.
The first section lists complete "Salinger Books" full of Salinger stories. The second section lists collections which contain reprints of Salinger's "underpublished" stories. We are adding references to all published editions as we hear of them. If you have a rare book containing a Salinger story that is not already listed here, please add the publication information from it for this list!
All of Salinger's books, if available, are placed at the "813/.54" position in the Dewey Decimal System at your local library.
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The Catcher in the Rye, softcover, Boston: Little, Brown. ISBN/ASIN 0316769487.
This is the book everyone knows. It "stars" Holden Caulfield, whose family appeared in some of the earlier short stories below. In fact, Holden and some of the "incidents" from Catcher appear in them, too! Check out the character appearances pages.
Oddly, this book never made it to number one in the New York Times bestseller list. However, it does have the distinction of receiving, according to the American Library Association, "the most attempts at being banned, with most critics objecting to profane language in the book." (Los Angeles Times, Sept. 28, 1992)
Published in the UK as For Esmé - With Love and Squalor and Other Stories.
Nine Stories, hardcover, Boston: Little, Brown. ISBN/ASIN 0316769568.
- A Perfect Day for Bananafish
- Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut
- The Laughing Man
- Down at the Dinghy
- Just Before the War with the Eskimos
- For Esmé - with Love and Squalor
- Pretty Mouth and Green My Eyes
- De Daumier-Smith's Blue Period
This book is a collection of nine short stories. All but one were originally published in The New Yorker magazine. All are worthwhile, and some are downright masterful.
This book originally appeared in Britain with the title, For Esmé - With Love and Squalor and Other Stories, and an insipid picture of a pretty girl on the cover. Needless to say, Salinger was not at all pleased. For this reason, ever since then, his books have been issued with very plain covers.
Franny and Zooey, hardcover, Boston: Little, Brown. ISBN/ASIN 0316769541.
This book houses two long short stories which go together. Franny is, in my opinion, Salinger's finest hour. The title refers to Franny Glass and Zooey Glass, sister and brother. This made number one on the New York Times bestseller list in 1961.
Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction, hardcover, Boston: Little, Brown. ISBN/ASIN 0316769576.
This book holds two more long stories dealing with the Glass family. Seymour: An Introduction is one of those works that people either like a lot or just plain hate. This made number one on the New York Times bestseller list in 1963.
(1999) Hapworth 16, 1924. Orchises. ISBN/ASIN 0914061658.
This book was listed for sale by Amazon Books and was corroborated by a listing in the Library of Congress catalog. It was to contain only the 1965 story from the New Yorker, Salinger's last. Publication was postponed in 2000 and apparently cancelled entirely shortly after.