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The Impact of World War II on Salinger's Writing

  • Aired: 01/21/2014
  • 01:37
  • Rating: TV-14
Writer David Shields discusses the relationship between J.D. Salinger's writing and his grisly experience of World War II, where he faced both the D-Day landing and the atrocities at a subcamp of the concentration camp Dachau. Shields sees World War II as a "covert meditation" in several of Salinger's short stories, including "For Esme With Love and Squalor" and "A Perfect Day for Bananafish."
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David Shields discusses the war's influence on Salinger's writing in this film outtake.
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