For reclusive authors such as JD Salinger, shying away from publicity has never harmed book sales. Lucy Scholes peeks into a secretive literary phenomenon.
But what of the infamous literary recluses whose work sells like hot cakes? This month sees the release of Paul Thomas Anderson’s film adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s novel Inherent Vice. Pynchon is famously reclusive – something of an oxymoron in itself – in fact, he’s probably America’s most famous living literary recluse. A title that, until his death in 2010, was held by J D Salinger, a man who hid himself away from his fans after the phenomenal success of his now cult classic The Catcher in the Rye.