Salinger Didn’t Totally Shun Hollywood

    SAN DIEGO - NOVEMBER 20, 1952: ***EXCLUSIVE - CALL FOR IMAGE*** JD Salinger poses for a portrait as he reads from his classic American novel "The Catcher in the Rye" on November 20, 1952 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Salinger died on January 27, 2010.  (Photo by Antony Di Gesu/San Diego Historical Society/Hulton Archive Collection/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** JD Salinger

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    Though it was commonly believed that J.D. Salinger shunned the spotlight of Hollywood, a new letter reveals that the reclusive author communicated with several big-screen producers and was open to translating his work into film. According to a document found by Shane Salerno, the director of new documentary Salinger, after publishing The Catcher in the Rye, Salinger struck a deal for one of his short stories to be turned into a film. It later failed after casting couldn’t be agreed on. “It’s interesting the pains to which he goes to clear up this misconception about himself,” Salerno told Variety about the author's perceived embattled relationship with Hollywood.

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