Holden vs. Holden

by Jess

The notoriously reclusive J.D. Salinger has come out of hiding to file suit against the author and publisher of a purported sequel to Catcher in the Rye, called 60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye. The Wall Street Journal Law Blog makes some interesting points about fair use and whether a fictional character is copyrightable, and CNN has a fabulous line from Salinger:  “There’s no more to Holden Caulfield. Read the book again. It’s all there,” the court filing quotes Salinger as saying in 1980. “Holden Caulfield is only a frozen moment in time.”