Unpublished Salinger stories leaked

Last updated 14:09 29/11/2013

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Why not settle down with a nice story this weekend? In fact, how about these three unpublished works by J.D. Salinger, that have just been leaked online?

After showing up on an eBay auction, the trio of stories - The Ocean Full of Bowling Balls, Birthday Boy and Paula - was uploaded as a PDF.

It seems to have been scanned from an unauthorised book called, aptly enough, Three Stories. While it seems to have an ISBN number and barcode, neither lead anywhere.

The Ocean Full of Bowling Balls is particularly interesting: It relates to characters from The Catcher in the Rye and until now has only been available to be read under supervision at Princeton University's Firestone Library.

The two other stories have been available at the University of Texas' Ransom Center in a similar way. All three have been confirmed as genuine.

It's worth pointing out that Salinger wouldn't be too happy about the leak. A notoriously private man, he'd requested in his will that they not be published any earlier than 2051.

So, you have an ethical decision to make - but if you do want to read them, you can do so here.

- Gizmodo

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