took notice of a rare collection of correspondence between J.D. Salinger
and a young fan, Christine Smith, who currently resides in Pittsburgh.
Salinger, most known for his 1951 tale, Catcher in the Rye
, seldom communicated with fans. Smith’s collection offers insight into literary, biographical and psychological details of Salinger’s life. The uncommon collection of letters is estimated to be worth between $180,000 and $240,000 and will be offered as part of a Christie’s New York auction
on Thurs., June 19.
According to Fine Books Magazine
, the archive includes 41 typed manuscripts totaling 66 pages and more than 200,000 words. Salinger and Smith corresponded over a span of ten years from 1966 to 1976 beginning when Smith was 19 years old.