More news in J.D. Salinger lawsuit
60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye features an elderly Holden Caulfield escaping from a nursing home and running amok in New York. The books author, Fredrik Colting (aka J.D. California), claims that the book is a parody and his use of the Holden character is within the rights of “fair use” while Team Salinger suggests the book is an unauthorized sequel aiming to cash in on his intellectual property. Legal paperwork bombs were dropped and both sides are currently battling in court.
The judge presiding over the case has placed a temporary restraining order against 60 Years Later to buy the time needed to determine if in fact Salinger’s character, Haulden Caulfield, is protected by copyright. Publishers weekly has the full story here
Why book collectors care:
Now the interesting information for bibliophiles and collectors is that before the courts got involved the UK publisher of 60 Years later managed to print and ship an extremely short print run of the title, which means there are a few copies of this book floating around the collectors market. I saw one copy on AbeBooks yesterday for about $75 and it sold by the end of the day, but today another copy has popped up this time for $300. If you want to find a copy of the rare first edition of 60 Years Later: Coming through the Rye they will be at this link.