Documentary Salinger explores author's life, long hidden from view
LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - After nearly a decade of stalking the man and myth of J.D. Salinger, the reclusive American author director Shane Salerno kept returning to the writer's time amid the unrelenting bloodshed on World War Two's western front.
"The war made him an artist and broke him as a man. The war was really the transformative trauma of his life," Salerno, whose documentary Salinger opens in United States (US) theatres on Friday, told Reuters.
"World War Two is the ghost in the machine of all of his stories," the director said about the The Catcher In The Rye author, best known for his small but mighty oeuvre.
So World War Two is where Salerno starts, lifting the lid on the troubles and traumas of literature's mystery man, who famously quit publishing at his peak in 1965 and lived out of the spotlight in a New Hampshire town until his death in 2010 at age 91.