Writers similar to Salinger?
June 14, 2011 6:51 PM Subscribe
Please recommend writers similar to J.D. Salinger.
posted by grokfest to Media & Arts (23 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
I've almost made my way through everything J.D. Salinger has written, including the out-of-print stories that were never anthologized. The only writings of his that will be left are a story under tight security at Princeton University, plus whatever stockpile he kept to himself that may one day be released -- who knows.
Point is, I'd like to try to find some writers or writings that are similar. Similarities along the following points, or something else you can think of, can be followed:
1) General style of writing. Salinger's writing style is fairly consistent and very distinctive, characterized by sophisticated, precise language and colloquial, realistic dialogue. I think anyone familiar with any of his works will know what I mean.
2) Thematic content. Common themes in Salinger stories: the value of sincerity, the phoniness of upper-class society, mystical "truth", precocious, perceptive children, isolation of the artist, social corruption, and the all-consuming nature of infatuated love. In many cases, the condition of adolescence.
3) Ending with a mysterious cliffhanger. Salinger's stories often end with an enigmatic final line that is also often the height of action. Writers who also do this would be appreciated.
4) Subject matter. Salinger's stories are mostly about upper- and upper-middle-class adolescents in or around Manhattan or as expatriates in Europe. Works similarly focused on these groups would be of interest.
5) Emotional/thematic resonance: Any other writers who have written stories or works that spoke to you on a deep level, if Salinger stories did the same for you. This caveat is important, please.
Thanks for any and all advice. A couple of writers who come to mind are F. Scott Fitzgerald and Truman Capote, for example.