Here’s reaction and and a link to an official statement to reports that we shared on November 28th: “Unpublished J.D. Salinger Stories Leaked Online”.
Princeton University is interested in finding out who is responsible for leaking an unpublished manuscript by J.D. Salinger from the university’s library, a school spokesman said last week, but he did not elaborate on any specific action being taken.
The school disclosed last week that the short story “The Ocean Full of Bowling Balls” was one of three unpublished manuscripts sold on eBay and scanned and uploaded to a file-sharing site Nov. 27 without the authorization of the Salinger Literary Estate or knowledge of the university library, said Don Skemer, curator of manuscripts for the university’s Department of Rare Books and Special Collections.
“The story is probably an unauthorized version transcribed longhand in our reading room,” said Martin Mbugua, a spokesman for Princeton University. “It’s also possible that it came from photocopies of the typescript, probably made before the mid-1980s, when we decided that we would no longer allow photo-duplication of any work by Salinger.”
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