Author JD Salinger dies at his home

<p>JD Salinger, author of <em>The Catcher in the Rye,</em> has died at the age of 91. The reclusive novelist died of natural causes at his home in New Hampshire, according to a statement from his son released by his literary agent.</p><p>According to the note sent out by his literary agency Harold Ober Associates Salinger died peacefully on 27th January after &quot;a rather sudden decline after the new year&quot;. In keeping with his &quot;life long, uncompromising desire to protect and defend his privacy, there will be no service&quot;, the note added. &quot;He will be missed by the few he was close to every bit as much as by those readers who loved reading him.&quot;</p><p>Salinger&#39;s 2009 sales were &pound;380,327 on 55,962 copies from Nielsen BookScan&#39;s Total Consumer Market. Since records began in 2001 sales for Salinger are &pound;4.5m on just over 668,000 copies. </p><p>Sarah Weinman at <em>Daily Finance </em>asks the question many will be pondering over the next few weeks: will Salinger&#39;s manuscripts ever be published?<br /><br />&quot;What Salinger has written, at least by neighbor Jerry Burt&#39;s account a decade ago, is more than 15 manuscripts&mdash;all locked up in a vault. (In her memoir, Maynard believed at least two books were locked away) Salinger&#39;s literary representative, Phyllis Westberg of Harold Ober Associates, would not comment, and Salinger&#39;s third wife, Colleen O&#39;Neill, could not be reached, but the interest in publishing any newly discovered works should reach a fever pitch shortly, especially if noted literary estate-scooper Andrew Wylie gets involved.&quot;<br /><br /><em>Catcher</em>, we are reminded, has sold 60m copies&mdash;about 250,000 sell in the US annually&mdash;and it has never gone out of print since Little, Brown&#39;s first hardcover edition in 1951. </p>