And no, I heard nothing! But I'm damn interested! 15 manuscripts!!! Nice!
Don't be upset, nobody writes anything if they don't want, at some point, someone to read. Salinger just didn't want them published while he was alive. If he had wanted them to remain unread forever, he would have burned them, but that's clearly not what he was going for.
I heard that he wrote 8 hours a day for 40 years. You'd not do that if you didn't want anyone to read! Besides, you can't publish anything if the author explicitly said you couldn't. His children, I guess, are the owners of his work now. I really hope those books exist! That's the only thing that could somewhat cheer me up.
Woah! That's crazy! 0.0 He must've really been full on dedicated to his writing.
I really respect him for staying out of the public eye and not letting the fame get to him. It really shows that he does what he does because he loves it and not for the fame like a lot of authors nowadays do.
You know, I actually think things were LESS strict than today, with all the political correctness and what not. Also, back, if you said something stupid on TV or in front of your friends, not everyone had a camera and could make the whole world see it forever on the internet... xD Maybe some day we'll start regreting the old days (especially if stolen pictures of your intimacy get on the internet! Gah!)
Politically, things were less strict (in the US at least). Many drugs were still legal and such. BUT things were much more hush hush. So even if you were doing bad things, they were not openly or even known about in many cases.
But those are very good points. xD Though those haven't really happened to me. Which is good. o.o