The quote in this post’s title comes from Holden Caulfield, and precedes by a decade Salinger’s reaction to an offer from the Book Find Club for Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction.
“I preferred to have nothing to do with book clubs, any book clubs…” And: “The Book Find Club offer is so horrible it’s almost beautiful.”
Salinger’s disdain comes by way of some recently unearthed letters, which you can read more on here.
And if you’re curious about the ways Salinger was like The Real Holden Caulfield, check here.
– Michael Moats