JD Salinger letters shine light on a recluse

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A collection of previously unseen letters written by the famously reclusive Catcher in the Rye author JD Salinger, who died in January, has gone on show at a New York museum.

Out of respect for the author's desire for privacy, the Morgan Museum & Library has kept the letters under lock and key since it acquired them in 1998.

But now, following Salinger's death, aged 91, the museum is making the manuscripts public, and shedding light on one of the 20th Century's most elusive authors.

Written between 1951 and 1993, the letters are full of acerbic wit, insight, playfulness, self-deprecating humour and a nostalgic yearning for simpler times.

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