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Catcher in the Rye Sequel Banned from North America

January 13, 2011

Catcher in the Rye Sequel Banned from North America

Catcher in the Rye’s unauthorized sequel has been banned from being published or sold in Canada or the U.S. after the author reached an agreement with J.D. Salinger’s estate.

According to Publishers Weekly, Fredrick Colting, who wrote the book “60 Years Later” under the pseudonym John David California, will not be permitted to sell his book in North America until the copyright has expired on “The Catcher in the Rye.”

Salinger filed suit against Colting to prevent publication of the sequel before his death in January 2010. The author’s lawyers had contended that Colting’s book, called “60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye” at the time, was “a rip-off, pure and simple”.

The Swedish author claims his book is a “parody” of 1951’s “The Catcher in the Rye.” Colting’s book follows a 76-year-old old man called Mr. C and his adventures in New York after running away from his nursing home.

Under the terms of the deal, Colting is forbidden from referring to “The Catcher in the Rye” or Salinger. Colting also must change the name of his book and is forbidden from dedicating the book to Salinger.

"We've come to an agreement with the Salinger trust but I'm afraid I can't go into any specifics," Colting told Publishers Weekly.

"Let's just say that the book will be published in a number of countries this year and I'm very pleased with that."

“60 Years Later” is permitted to be sold in other countries. It was published in the U.K. and Sweden two years ago, and publishers in other countries have expressed interest in the book.


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