J. D. Salinger | Critical Essay by Martin Bidney

This literature criticism consists of approximately 25 pages of analysis & critique of J. D. Salinger.
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Critical Essay by Martin Bidney

SOURCE: Bidney, Martin. “The Aestheticist Epiphanies of J. D. Salinger: Bright-Hued Circles, Spheres, and Patches; ‘Elemental’ Joy and Pain.” Style 34, no. 1 (spring 2000): 117-31.

In the following essay, Bidney examines the role of epiphanies in Salinger's short fiction.

Strangely, no attempt has yet been made to find a pattern that can unite the epiphanies of characters in the works of J. D. Salinger. The books and articles about him that have appeared in the last thirty-five years include only a single item with “epiphany” in the title, and even there the word is used in a loose and general way.1 Sources and parallels for Salinger's literary epiphanies have been sought in many religious traditions. Picking up the hints provided by the “recommended home reading” of “...

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