How does J. D. Salinger pronounce Zooey?
October 10, 2009 2:51 PM Subscribe
Has J.D. Salinger ever written or spoken how to pronounce the name "Zooey" in Franny and Zooey? Are there any recordings of him pronouncing it? Separately, did he create that name or is there precedence for it (whether as a nickname for Zachary or on its own, spelled the same way)?
posted by davebug to Writing & Language (3 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Note, I'm not interested in pronunciation of the more common Zoe or Zoey, or of anyone, famous or otherwise, named Zooey post-Franny & Zooey (regardless of how they pronounce their name).
I'm also not interested in discussions of how it might be pronounced compared to how other similar words or names are pronounced. I'm looking for a primary source, presumably directly from Salinger.