By J. D. Salinger
The writer writes: the 2 lengthy items during this publication initially got here out within the New Yorker ? increase excessive THE ROOF BEAM, CARPENTERS in 1955, SEYMOUR ? An creation in 1959. no matter what their variations in temper or impact, they're either greatly curious about Seymour Glass, who's the most personality in my still-uncompleted sequence concerning the Glass kin. It struck me they'd larger be accumulated jointly, if no longer intentionally paired off, in whatever of a rush, if I suggest them to prevent unduly or undesirably shut touch with new fabric within the sequence. there's in simple terms my notice for it, granted, yet i've got numerous new Glass tales coming alongside ? waxing, dilating ? each one in its personal approach, yet i think the fewer stated approximately them, in combined corporation, the higher. Oddly, the thrill and satisfactions of engaged on the Glass relatives principally raise and deepen for me with the years. i cannot say why, even though. no longer, not less than, outdoors the on line casino right of my fiction.
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