On Wed. June 26th at 7pm, the library is pleased to present a program by Jerry Linderman called J.D. Salinger, Infantry Man.
J.D. Salinger’s masterwork, The Catcher in the Rye, made him one of the most popular and admired writers of the last half of the 20th century. He also became one of the most controversial. His egotism, his indifference to all, his apparent cruelty to some, and his ultimate reclusiveness signaled to most Americans a willful and narcissistic eccentric. This talk explores Salinger’s participation in the Western European campaign of WWII as an alternative explanation for his behavior.
Presenter Gerald (Jerry) Linderman is a historian at the University of Michigan and an author. He is best known for his book Embattled Courage: The Experience of Combat in the American Civil War. Read more about Mr. Linderman and his work at Goodreads.