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Story chronology
  1. The Young Folks
  2. Go See Eddie
  3. The Hang of It
  4. The Heart of a Broken Story
  5. The Long Debut of Lois Taggett
  6. Personal Notes on an Infantryman
  7. The Varioni Brothers
  8. Both Parties Concerned
  9. Soft Boiled Sergeant
  10. Last Day of the Last Furlough
  11. Once a Week Won't Kill You
  12. A Boy in France
  13. Elaine
  14. This Sandwich Has No Mayonnaise
  15. The Stranger
  16. I'm Crazy
  17. Slight Rebellion Off Madison
  18. A Young Girl in 1941 with No Waist at All
  19. The Inverted Forest
  20. A Perfect Day for Bananafish
  21. A Girl I Knew
  22. Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut
  23. Just Before the War with the Eskimos
  24. Blue Melody
  25. The Laughing Man
  26. Down at the Dinghy
  27. For Esmé - With Love and Squalor
  28. The Catcher in the Rye
  29. Pretty Mouth and Green My Eyes
  30. De Daumier-Smith's Blue Period
  31. Teddy
  32. Franny
  33. Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters
  34. Zooey
  35. Seymour: An Introduction
  36. Hapworth 16, 1924

The Stories of J. D. Salinger

This section is focused on the fiction of J.D. Salinger. Here you will find information regarding all published and known unpublished stories. You may also be interested in the two main families featured in Salinger's stories, the Glasses and Caulfields.

Advice for Readers

Want to brush up on your Salinger? Start with the easy-to-locate books, then move on the the more-obscure stories.

Salinger published just 36 stories in the course of his career. Of these. 14 are easy to obtain: One novel and 13 short stories published in three mass-market books. These are highlighted in bold in the list at right. Go to any library or bookstore and you will find these four books easily. I suggest the following order for those who are just (re)discovering Salinger:

  1. The Catcher in the Rye
  2. Nine Stories
  3. Franny and Zooey
  4. Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction

This will give you a good overview of the best-known Salinger stories, and most folks can probably stop here. If you're really interested in Salengeria even after this, I suggest going after the remaining 22 "underpublished" stories. These are much tougher to find, but can be rewarding and enjoyable to readers of any level.

Digging Deeper

Seven of these underpublished stories (indicated at right in italics) were republished in books, though even these can be difficult to locate. But the remaining 15 are much more difficult to find.

I suggest the following strategy:

  1. Locate a copy of Wonderful Town: New York Stories from the New Yorker or The Complete New Yorker and look up Slight Rebellion Off Madison. It's a great story, and its relationship to The Catcher in the Rye will be especially rewarding. If you are looking through The Complete New Yorker, you should look for Hapworth 16, 1924 as well, though it's a much more challenging piece of writing to appreciate.
  2. Find a copy of the July/August 2010 issue of the Saturday Evening Post, which contains the excellent A Boy in France
  3. A very good library may also have a copy of Best American Short Stories of 1949, which includes A Girl I Knew, and The Armchair Esquire, with This Sandwich Has No Mayonnaise. Both are excellent stories!
  4. Many libraries have microfilm copies of The Saturday Evening Post. Locate the following stories (in my order of preference):
    1. The Varioni Brothers (July 17 1943)
    2. A Boy in France (March 31 1945) (if you didn't find it earlier)
    3. Last Day of the Last Furlough (July 15 1944)
    4. Both Parties Concerned (February 26 1944)
    5. Soft Boiled Sergeant (April 15 1944)
  5. Libraries also often have Collier's on microfilm. Look for these stories (again, in my own order or preference):
    1. The Stranger (December 1 1945)
    2. I'm Crazy (December 22 1945)
    3. Personal Notes on an Infantryman (December 12 1942)
    4. The Hang of It (July 12 1941)
  6. Next, ask for back issues of Cosmopolitan. Here you'll find The Inverted Forest in the December 1947 issue and Blue Melody from September 1948.
  7. Esquire is another one a library might have. Ask for September 1941 for The Heart of a Broken Story and October 1945 for This Sandwich Has No Mayonnaise.
  8. The May 1947 issue of Mademoiselle is the next stop. It includes A Young Girl in 1941 with No Waist at All which is otherwise difficult to find.
  9. If you haven't yet found A Girl I Knew in Best American Short Stories of 1949, look for the February 1948 issue of Good Housekeeping.
  10. Story magazine is much less common. If you can find back issues, though, look up the following:
    1. The Young Folks (March/April 1940)
    2. The Long Debut of Lois Taggett (September/October 1942, unless you found Story: The Fiction of The Forties)
    3. Once a Week Won't Kill You (November/December 1944)
    4. Elaine (March/April 1945
  11. Most of The New Yorker stories were reprinted elsewhere. If you didn't find The Complete New Yorker, look for the December 1946 issue to read Slight Rebellion Off Madison and the June 19, 1965 edition for Hapworth 16, 1924
  12. Kansas Review is easily the most-difficult magazine to locate. Let's hope you can find a copy of Fiction: Form & Experience instead, or you'll never get to read Go See Eddie!
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