SALINGER, J. D. (English) Nine Stories
Boston: Little Brown, 1953
Original cloth and dust jacket, price-clipped. Very slight rubbing to jacket. Fine
FIRST EDITION. Advance review copy with publisher’s slip giving the date of publication.
This is a beautiful copy of what many consider Salinger’s most important book. This landmark collection of short stories includes “A Perfect Day for Bananafish,” “For Esmé with Love and Squalor,” and “The Laughing Man.”
In her review of Nine Stories in the New York Times, Eudora Welty wrote, “J. D. Salinger’s writing is original, first rate, serious and beautiful. Here are nine of his stories, and one further reason that they are so interesting, and so powerful seen all together, is that they are paradoxes. From the outside, they are often very funny: inside, they are about heartbreak, and convey it; they can do this because they are pure. The whole nine have an enchanting ease about them, a deceptively loose-appearing texture, a freshness and liveliness which might bid fair to disarm the reader, as he begins, say, the remarkable ‘For Esme with Love and Squalor.’ Nothing could be further from what Mr. Salinger is about to do to him. … Mr. Salinger is a very serious artist, and it is likely that what he has to say will find many forms as time goes by–interesting forms, too. His novel, ‘The Catcher in the Rye,’ was good and extremely moving, although–for this reader–all its virtues can be had in a short story by the same author, where they are somehow more at home.”