"AT LEAST I'M STILL IN LOVE WITH YORICK'S SKULL": FIRST EDITION OF SALINGER'S FRANNY AND ZOOEY
SALINGER, J.D. Franny and Zooey. Boston: Little, Brown, (1961). Octavo, original gray cloth, original dust jacket. $1500.
First edition of Salinger's third book: two stories about the Glass family, whom he had "been waiting for most of [his] life."
Salinger planned a series of stories on Franny, Zooey and the Glass family. "I've been waiting for them most of my life," he wrote, "and I think I have fairly decent, monomaniacal plans to finish them with due care and all-available skill." "Franny" originally appeared in The New Yorker in 1955; "Zooey" followed two years later. To John Updike, "Salinger's conviction that our inner lives greatly matter peculiarly qualifies him to sing of an America where, for most of us, there seems little to do but to feel" (New York Times). Stated "First Edition" on copyright page. Bixby A4a. Starosciak A40. Bruccoli & Clark I:315.
Book fine; faint soiling, small closed tear to upper front panel of bright about-fine dust jacket.