Friday, January 29, 2010

Oh, Jerome, you will surely be missed!

From the dedication page of my copy of Franny and Zooey:

"As nearly as possible in the spirit of Matthew Salinger, age one, urging a luncheon companion to accept a cool lima bean, I urge my editor, mentor, and (heaven help him) closest friend, William Shawn, genius domus of The New Yorker, lover of the long shot, protector of the unprolific, defender of the hopelessly flamboyant, most unreasonably modest of born great artist-editors, to accept this pretty skimpy-looking book."

-J.D. Salinger: January 1st, 1919 - January 27, 2010

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