The New York Times’ City Room has a story about a group of letters between author/recluse J.D. Salinger and E. Michael Mitchell, the artist who illustrated the original cover of “Catcher in the Rye.”
Mitchell put the letters up for sale after Salinger refused to autograph a copy of “Catcher in the Rye” in 1993 and they eventually were obtained by the Morgan Library and Museum.
Mitchell’s girlfriend found more letters after the artist’s death, and they are now at the library.
There’s one tantalizing bit amid all of the author’s complaining, the NYT’s Alison Leigh Cowan says: Salinger fans may be cheered to know that the new letters contain further hints that they may yet behold additional Salinger manuscripts. Salinger made passing reference in the 1982 letter to “my manuscripts.” The 1994 letter was more open ended but contained a section that could mean time spent at the typewriter: “I work on,” he wrote. “Same old hours, pretty much.”