Three unpublished works by J.D, Salinger, including The Ocean Full of Bowling Balls, have been leaked online after showing up in an eBay auction. Birthday Boy, Paula, and the aforementioned Ocean are three short stories that form part of a larger collection of Salinger works that was never published. The trio of stories was uploaded in a PDF file that appears to have been scanned from an unauthorized book simply titled Three Stories, before the leak was detailed on Reddit. Although the book has a barcode and ISBN, the code leads nowhere.
The Ocean Full of Bowling Balls is a much sought-after tale as it relates with characters that appear in Salinger’s most famous novel, The Catcher in the Rye. Until now, it’s only been available to be read under supervision at Princeton University’s Firestone Library. The two other stories can also be found in University of Texas’ Ransom Center, and have been confirmed as genuine. Speaking with BuzzFeed, Salinger expert Kenneth Slawenski confirms the authenticity of the leaked stories. “While I do quibble with the ethics (or lack of ethics) in posting the Salinger stories,” notes the scholar, “they look to be true transcripts of the originals and match my own copies.”
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