The Varioni Brothers

The Varioni Brothers
Original Publication DateJuly 17, 1943 Rating

One of Salinger’s longer and better stories, this one reminds me of Sherwood Anderson’s The Flood.

Joe Varioni taught English III-A, from Beowulf through Fielding, as the catalogue put it. He taught it beautifully. All little girls who take long walks in the rain and major in English have had Grendel’s bloody arm dragged across their education at least three times, in this school or that. But somehow when Joe talked about Beowulf’s silly doings they seemed to have undergone a rewrite job by one of the Brownings.