SALINGER, Jerome D. Typed letter signed ("J. D. Salinger") to Paul Moeykens, Cornish, N.H., 19 February 1978. One page, 4to, with original envelope. Fine.
SALINGER DENOUNCES A "RANK PIECE OF DECEPTION, MANIPULATION, EXPLOITATION, AND MISREPRESENTATION"
Salinger revisits a scarring episode from 25-years previous, that left him permanently embittered and determined to have no contact with press or media. Here, in 1978, he vehemently rejects a request from Moeykens--then editor of the Windsor High School student newspaper--to reprint a 1953 interview that Salinger gave to a high school student, Shirley Blaney, that was then picked up and reprinted in the Cornish, New Hampshire Daily Eagle, leaving Salinger feeling enraged and betrayed. Salinger calls the Blaney interview a "rank piece of deception, manipulation, exploitation, and misrepresentation" by a student Salinger thought he was helping with "classroom work, school work." But he does express cordial appreciation to Moeykens for respecting his privacy and for being "fair" and "kind" enough to ask if he objected "to a replay of that shoddy little incident," and adds, "I'm afraid, really, I do."