Dr. Weaver's bibligography will facilitate further scholarship, will enable voices-established and new-to keep talking the talk continues to follow in the wake of all that Salinger has created. Scholars will owe a depth of gratitude to Dr. Weaver. His work will enhance their own, providing a base from which further readings of Salinger's works will be possible. When a major author, by his own choosing, stops publishing his work, he leaves us with his stories and books, tracks he can't erase from the trail, no matter his own disappearing act. Furthermore, because the stories and books are notable not only for their craftsmanship but for the way they resonate in the world, speaking even though their author has chosen retreat and silence, they establish a lasting presence in American Literature. Their very being calls for response, and there is no lack of literary scholars eager to answer; thus, the critical conversation begins - a conversation, perhaps, that J.D. Salinger himself would denounce but one that is impossible to stop.
It's clear that, despite Salinger's warning in Franny and Zooey, people are thinking about this artist's performance - have been for a number of years - and will continue to offer a critical opinion as long as there is the word. Now comes Brett Weaver to announce, organize, and characterize the last twenty years of Salinger scholarship. His annotated bibliography adds to the work of Kenneth Starosciak's J.D. Salinger: A Thirty Year Bibliography 1938-1968 and Jack Sublette's Annotated Bibliography of J. D. Salinger 1939-1981. Weaver moves us along twenty years, picking up where Sublette left off, providing critical commentary on ninety-seven sources with precision and insight. Weaver's bibliography will facilitate further scholarship, will enable voices - established and new - to keep talking the talk that continues to follow in the wake of all that Salinger has created. Scholars will owe a depth of gratitude to Brett Weaver. His work will enhance their own, providing a base from which further readings of Salinger's works will be possible. The measure of Weaver's bibliography will be on the pages of books and journals for many years to come.
This is as it should be, despite Salinger's own retreat from the literary scene. Scholarship is an informed and stimulating conversation among parties of similar interest. Brett Weaver has gathered the talkers so the talk itself can go on.
"An artist's only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else's. You have no right to think about those things, I swear to you. Not in any real sense, anyway." J.D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey