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NYC auction: Unpublished Salinger biography

November 11, 2013
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — An unauthorized and never published biography of J.D. Salinger is coming up for auction in New York City.

Ian Hamilton's "J.D. Salinger: A Writing Life" is estimated to bring $4,000 to $6,000 at Swann Auction Galleries on Nov. 21.

It's being sold by a private American collector.

A spokeswoman for Salinger's estate didn't immediately return a call for comment on Monday.

Salinger successfully blocked release of Hamilton's book in 1987, citing the use of previously unpublished letters. He died in 2010.

The bound uncorrected proof was one of about 100 printed as review copies.

Swann's literature specialist John Larson says none has ever come up at auction.

He says the timing is good due to a new biography and recent documentary about the reclusive novelist.

Hamilton died in 2001.



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