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Reclusive Upper Valley author J.D. Salinger dies

Cornish, New Hampshire - January 28, 2010

A well-known author has died in the Upper Valley. J.D. Salinger, who wrote "Catcher in the Rye," died Wednesday at his hillside home in Cornish, N.H.

The author's son says Salinger died of natural causes.

J.D. Salinger had lived quietly in New Hampshire for decades, refusing to give interviews. Cornish was the perfect spot for him to live because the town went to great lengths to protect his privacy.

"Every summer we have people looking to find him to interview him. We had the BBC here looking for him, we've had college students looking for him-- no one's ever found him," said Mike Hamel of the Cornish General Store.

"His property's always been posted, he's always kept to himself," said Norm Webb of Cornish, N.H. "Everybody around here knows exactly where he is, exactly what he looks like and his wife and everything, but basically he didn't want to be bothered, so everyone leaves him alone."

"Drive on some of the back roads, it's very secluded-- it's quiet and it's peaceful. It's perfect for someone like him who wants to be out of the mainstream," said Robert Preble of Windsor, Vt.

"Catcher in the Rye was first published in 1951.

J.D. Salinger was 91.

Adam Sullivan - WCAX News

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