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  • Published: 18 June 2019
  • ISBN: 9781785152115
  • Imprint: William Heinemann
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP: $29.99

Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters; Seymour - an Introduction




A Note from the Publisher: In honour of the centennial of the birth of J.D. Salinger in 1919, we have reissued all four of his books in commemorative hardback, with jacket designs based on the artwork and text of the very first Salinger editions, published in the 1950s and 1960s.

A Note from the Author: The two long pieces in this book originally came out in The New Yorker – RAISE HIGH THE ROOF BEAM, CARPENTERS in 1955, SEYMOUR – An Introduction in 1959. Whatever their differences in mood or effect, they are both very much concerned with Seymour Glass, who is the main character in my series about the Glass family. Oddly, the joys and satisfactions of working on the Glass family peculiarly increase and deepen for me with the years. I can’t say why, though. Not, at least, outside the casino proper of my fiction.


‘The Glasses are one of the liveliest, funniest, most fully-realized families in all of fiction’ Charles McGrath, New York Times

  • Published: 18 June 2019
  • ISBN: 9781785152115
  • Imprint: William Heinemann
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP: $29.99

About the author

J. D. Salinger

Jerome David Salinger, born New York City, Jan. 1, 1919, established his reputation on the basis of a single novel, The Catcher in the Rye (1951), whose principal character, Holden Caulfield, epitomized the growing pains of a generation of high school and college students. The public attention that followed the success of the book led Salinger to move from New York to the remote hills of Cornish, N.H. Before that he had published only a few short stories; one of them, A Perfect Day for Bananafish, which appeared in The New Yorker in 1949, introduced readers to Seymour Glass, a character who subsequently figured in Franny and Zooey (1961) and Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenter and Seymour: An Introduction (1963), Salinger's only other published books. Of his 35 published short stories, those which Salinger wishes to preserve are collected in Nine Stories (1953).

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Praise for Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters; Seymour - an Introduction

His work meant a lot to me when I was a young person and his writing still sings.

Dave Eggers

It was a very pure voice he had. There was no one like him

Martin Amis

He was the poet of youthful alienation before youth really knew what that was

Sunday Times

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