It’s nearly auction time again for our sister company PFC Auctions. We’ve seen some fantastic consignments over the past couple of weeks and I thought I’d share one of my favourites with you.
J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, first published in 1951, was originally intended for an adult audience but has since become a symbol of adolescence, dealing with issues of teenage angst and alienation.
“What really knocks me out” Holden Caulfield says “is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it.” I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that many people who’ve read The Catcher in the Rye felt the same way about Salinger.
However, Salinger shied away from the attention the book brought him, becoming increasingly reclusive and often refusing to be interviewed, photographed or reply to fan mail. As such his autograph became extremely rare.
So rare in fact that when Nicholas Cage proposed to Patricia Arquette she hesitated and he famously suggested that she set him some kind of quest to prove his love. She listed three ‘impossible’ requests: a wedding dress from an elusive Tibetan Tribe, a black orchid and… a J.D. Salinger autograph.
PFC Auctions’ upcoming sale (September 6 2012 – September 27 2012) will feature an extremely good first edition copy of The Catcher in the Rye (complete with dust jacket) signed and inscribed by Salinger for Marian Bayes, the mother of his fiancee Mary Bayes.