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Joyce Maynard In Spotlight With J.D. Salinger's Death

First Posted: 03/30/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 04:20 PM ET

Joyce Maynard
Joyce Maynard, a controversial figure in the life of J.D. Salinger, is gaining attention today with his death.

Joyce Maynard is gaining plenty of attention today in light of J.D. Salinger's death at 91.

Maynard's memoir "At Home In The World" in 1998 detailed her eight-month affair with Salinger in the 1970s, when she was 18 and he was 53.

Salinger retired from public life for many years. He made his last public appearance when he wrote a letter to Maynard, responding to concerns about a recent piece she wrote for the New York Times and discussing the dangers of publicity.

Maynard, an author like Salinger, started her writing career when she was 14. She has written two memoirs, as well as novels including To Die For (made into a movie starring Nicole Kidman) and The Usual Rules.

Maynard famously said of Salinger:

"Although Salinger had long since cut me out of his life completely and made it plain that he had nothing but contempt for me, the thought of becoming the object of his wrath was more than I felt ready to take on. "

Read more about Maynard here and here. Her official Web site can be found here.

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