Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire?

So Newsweek published an article on 9 letters that the Morgan Library recently acquired from a 22-year-old J.D. Salinger.  Salinger had written the letters to a 17-year-old fan from Toronto, Marjorie Sheard. The article notes how Salinger had fibbed in these letters, perhaps in an attempt to woo the young girl.

And there in lies the rub. With fiction and the fiction writer you are never quite certain of what is truth and what is a lie. Whether the author is trying to woo a young lass or a middle age pugilist, a lie is still a lie.

Here is the link to the Newsweek article:

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