The Word on the Street
Salinger letter to teen in 1963 changed her life
Shortly after J.D. Salinger’s “Catcher in the Rye’’ was published in 1951 to wide acclaim, he left Manhattan for Cornish, N.H., where he lived until he died last year. Though he shunned contact with the outside world, he took the time to respond to a fan letter from a troubled 16-year-old, making a lasting difference in her life.