Fredrik Colting’s Catcher Book Stuck In Legal Limbo

Yahoo! posted an article recently giving an update on the on-going court case involving Fredrik Colting.

Colting resides in Sweden and released his book, “60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye” in England, but has yet to receive approval from the Courts to release it in the USA because he never had the approval of J.D. Salinger (author of The Catcher In The Rye). Colting’s book includes characters from Salinger’s famous book as well as similar plots.

It’s not the first time a popular book has been reworked into something original. Consider Gregory Maguire’s Wicked in which he used several characters from the Wizard of Oz. However, having not read Colting’s book, I am unsure of the originality of his work. I am also irked that he chooses to pursue the release without having the author’s permission (Salinger filed the law suit shortly before his recent death at the age of 91).

Anybody who would stress out a 91 year old man gets a big thumbs down in my book! What do you think?

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