Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction

Mass Market Paperback | May 1, 1991

byJ.D. SalingerAs told byJ.d Salinger

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The author writes: 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 still-uncompleted series about the Glass family. It struck me that they had better be collected together, if not deliberately paired off, in something of a hurry, if I mean them to avoid unduly or undesirably close contact with new material in the series. There is only my word for it, granted, but I have several new Glass stories coming along ? waxing, dilating ? each in its own way, but I suspect the less said about them, in mixed company, the better. 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.

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J.D. Salinger's work has captured the imaginations of countless readers throughout the English-speaking world, and his books, including The Catcher in the Rye and Franny and Zooey, are literary classics that have seemed to speak the very thoughts of millions of readers. Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction are two equally masterful stories by this deeply pensive writer...

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The author writes: 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 still-uncompleted series about the Glass family. It struck me that they had better be collected...

More than 20 years of seclusion and silence have taken their toll on J. D. Salinger's literary reputation, but the impact made by The Catcher in The Rye (1951) and the Glass family stories was deep enough to make a lasting impression and to assure his continued readership. Salinger was born in New York City of Jewish and Scottish-Irish extraction. He attended Manhattan public schools, a military academy in Pennsylvan...

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 6.75 × 4.25 × 0.5 inPublished:May 1, 1991Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316769517

ISBN - 13:9780316769518

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 13

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutley Amazing This book (Seymour, an Introduction) was the best thing Ive ever read. Not only does Salinger let loose, and write completely his hearts desire, but he manages to capture the audience without even making a solid plot. The concept of the protagonist, Buddy's, ventures is to describe his brother Seymour. But Buddy doesnt just describe him. He makes him alive in the pages, in a way so exquisite that only a true reader can even grasp to understand the complexity of the character. Many even think this novel is Salinger's part auto-biography, simply because it is so true to its word, rambling (yet organized), pure and true. Its a book so full of details that you can read it again and again for your whole life, and relate to new parts each time. I have never read anything like this novel, and most likely never will again.
Date published: 2009-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of Salinger's best! I found this to be an exquisite example of Salinger's classic writing style. The long winded descriptions are punctuated not only by the author's own repeated apologies, but also by the occasional profound idea ---( Isn't it clear? Don't those cries come straight from the eyes? However contradictory the coroner's report - whether he pronounces Consumption or Loneliness or Suicide to be the cause of death - isn't it plain how the true artist-seer actually dies? I say (and everything that follows in these pages all too possibly stands or falls on my being at least nearly right) - I say that the true artist-seer, the heavenly fool who can and does produce beauty, is mainly dazzled to death by his own scruples, the blinding shapes and colors of his own scared human conscience. My credo is stated. I sit back. I sigh - happily, I'm afraid. I light a Murad, and go on, I hope to God, to other things.) --- is just one example. The pace may be too slow for some but if you tough out the slow areas, you'll be rewarded in a few paragraphs by a phrase, a paragraph or a sentence that bursts your heart with its glory
Date published: 2008-07-30