'Catcher in the Rye' sequel gets another chance

The-Catcher-in-the-RyeThere appears to be a small ray of hope peeking through the rye fields for Swedish author Fredrik Colting, whose unauthorized sequel to J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye has been given a legal reprieve. The book, 60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye, was banned in July by a Manhattan court, but on Friday an appeals court voided the current injunction and sent the case back down to re-evaluate the earlier decision.

While there’s now a possibility that Colting’s novel may see the light of day, the appeals court also noted that it believed Salinger’s estate would ultimately win based on the merits of the case. Adding extra heft to the dispute is the fact that Salinger died only three months ago. Colting’s sequel follows a 76-year-old man named Mr. C who is evidently intended to be a continuation of the iconic character Holden Caulfield. Colting argues that his work falls under the category of literary commentary and thus is not an infringement of Salinger’s copyright.


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  • bethB

    We don’t need to see a grown-up Holden. The angst and alienation of his troubled teenage years were what made the original a modern classic. Some things are better left alone.

    • Carla

      Gee, I dunno a novel with a 76 year old Holden Caulfield might actually have something HAPPENING in it!

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  • EC

    Colting is arguing that he’s writing an unauthorized sequel as a commentary? That sounds supremely strange to me.

  • cam

    The judge in the case said that the sequel was terrible. I think it would be horrible to allow this. akin to the disgraceful gone with the wind sequel.

  • Tonya

    Noooo! Why should this guy’s fan fiction be treated any differently than the stuff all over the interwebs? If he wants to write a sequel, he should write it then put it in a drawer. Why is this taken more seriously than other fanfic? The guy really gets on my nerves. The only person who truly has the right to that sequel is dead.

  • A.F. for EW

    Just as there are some movies and TV shows that should not have sequels and/or spin-offs, the same goes for works of literature.

    The Catcher in the Rye is more than capable of standing on its own merits, and has done so for years. Doing a sequel to this book I believe is a disservice to this monumental achievement in modern American literature. DON’T DO IT!!!

  • NSB

    I believe Salinger Holden missing in action in the short story “This Sandwich Has No Mayonnaise”, so I am not sure the character could have survived to 76.

    • Al

      This is also mentioned in “Last Day of the Furlough” but is anachronistic because ‘The Catcher in the Rye” takes place after the war.

  • girlie

    oh just BALONEY! leave it alone!as one person wrote put it in a drawer!

  • Francesca

    I am a Catcher in the Rye fan since I read it in high school. I wouldn’t mind reading the sequel that Colting wrote. It probably won’t be anywhere near as good nor make any narrative sense in comparison to the original. But then again it is basically fan fiction so what can you expect. I find it really interesting that people would get so mad about this. It is basically the same thing web fandom has been doing for years only Colting is attempting to make a name for himself out of it. Literary fanfiction = I am intrigued if he can’t publish it I at least want a copy. lol

  • tom

    Does anyone know when Catcher will enter into the public domain? How would that affect this case (eventually) if at all?

  • darclyte

    Copyrights vary. Anything created after 1978 last the lifetime of the creator + 70 years. Prior to that, it depends on how it was created, and if and how it was copyrighted initially. I believe that “Catcher in the Rye” should enter public domain in 2046 from what I can tell as it was published in 1951 so its copyright should expire after 95 years.

  • mary q contrary

    Bleck. What a horrible idea. The Catcher in the Rye is a stand-alone piece. And God, the title alone! I hope this God damn loony gets what’s coming to him.

    • Clemes

      Nick, I'm very iessmrped with your students' projects. I'd be interested to see the initial direction and guidance you gave them, since the projects shown here are such different ways of capturing the themes and symbols of the same novel. These projects showcase the talents of your students in interpreting the text as well as utilizing their mulitmedia talents. But more importantly, they show your creativity as an educator to provide opportunities for students to make meaningful, creative, and fun connections with the text. I've picked up "Catcher in the Rye" countless times, but have never made a personal connection with Holden or his story. However, these projects show the connection your students have made and make me see the story in a different light. Thanks for the insight into the novel as well as your creative educational practices.

  • BookReader

    How can this even be called a sequel? It’s fan-fiction pure and simple.

    • little mama

      I agree.If you don’t want to read it then DON’T!

  • Fla Fla Flo Hi

    What is more of an infringement on copyright, this book or the new Batman XXX movie that’s being released by Vivid? The Batman movie is being labeled “a porn parody” and is thus trying to be allowed under the “parody rule.” But is it really a parody or just a rip off that includes porn? This book sounds like a rip off, and not commentary.

  • AntonioSaucedo

    The work should be published. If you don’t want to read it, don’t buy it.

    • Miso

      Why? Why should it? I’ve got three manuscripts in which I made up all the characters and plot lines, and they’re not being published. Why should a guy who steals (Salinger did not give the character to this man) characters be published? Just ’cause he wants/steals it? I want a million dollars–do I deserve it merely because I want it? Should I steal it if I want it badly enough? Sorry, but these kinds of comments just don’t make sense to me. If the guy wants to be published, let him make up his own fiction and keep his paws off others’.

      • ABX

        How about because literary trademark law is dumb. Ideas are free and open, if this book isn’t useful, it’ll be ignored. Maybe it’s actually GOOD. Maybe ideas ought to be public domain because brilliance can’t be stolen.

    • Sahar

      The Catcher in the Rye didn’t do that much for me (perhaps I read it at the wrong time in my life) but I appreciate your rbitute to it. I have other books that did the same for me. I have to say that I am somewhat annoyed by all the Oh no Salinger is dead and I will miss him posts I’ve read other places. Unless you actually knew Salinger as a person, what will you have to miss? You will still have all that he gave you before: his art and his work.

  • Brahmin

    He should write his own characters.

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