Franny and Zooey.

“I'm sick of not having the courage to be an absolute nobody": First Edition of Salinger's Franny and Zooey

Franny and Zooey.


Item Number: 112544

London: Heinemann, 1961.

First British edition of Salinger’s third book. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light shelfwear. A nice example.

Salinger's short story Franny and novella Zooey first appeared in The New Yorker in 1955 and 1957 respectively. Both stories center on the two youngest members of the Glass family of New York's Upper East Side, Franny takes place in an unnamed college town during Franny's weekend visit to her boyfriend. Set shortly after Franny, Zooey takes place in the Glass family Manhattan apartment where Franny is suffering from an existential breakdown. Both stories echo Salinger's own disillusionment with the inauthenticity he saw in contemporary society, which he himself attempted to escape through an ever-evolving roster of unconventional religious practices.

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