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    Jerome "J.D." Salinger Autograph Letter Signed. Two pages, 7.25" x 10.5", [France], July 30, [1944]. Salinger was serving in the Counter Intelligence Corps in Europe during the Second World War when he wrote this letter home to a girl named Ann Giesen. Two weeks earlier, the Saturday Evening Post published his short story, "Last Day of the Last Furlough." Writing during the Normandy Campaign in response to a letter from Ann, he says: "Your very kind note reached me here in France. Thanks very much for bothering. If 'Last Day - -' gave you some sort of lift or pleasure I am very pleased. Makes many things (rare letters like yours) worth while." He continues by asking after her father and urges her to "write and say if he's in France, and if he is maybe I can see him for you. At any rate, write again when you feel like it. Mail is the thing over here." As far as his own writing is concerned, he mentions that he has "written about five pieces over here - a couple for the Post - so you'll probably see them. I don't know the date of publications as yet." Moderately toned along the folds and the upper edge. With the original transmittal envelope addressed in his hand with a second (partial) signature in the upper left corner. This is one of the earliest Salinger letters ever offered at auction.

    Several months after writing this letter, Salinger, who had survived the slaughter on Utah Beach during the Allied invasion of Normandy, would find himself a participant of the Battles of the Bulge and Hürtgen Forest. He remained in the army until November 1945. He wrote all throughout the war, several of his stories being published in the Post and Collier's.


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