Salinger's letters to mentor donated to Morgan Library

Salinger's letters to mentor donated to Morgan Library

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NEW YORK (AP) -

Letters written by J.D. Salinger to a spiritual mentor have been donated to the Morgan Library & Museum in New York City.

The Morgan, based in Manhattan, announced Tuesday that it will receive 28 letters by the author of "The Catcher in the Rye." The letters were written to Swami Nikhilananda, founder of the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center, which donated the correspondence.

Salinger, who died in 2010 at age 91, was strongly influenced by Eastern religion and philosophy and worked in his beliefs into such stories as "Hapworth 16, 1924."

Materials given to the Morgan also include letters the center wrote to Salinger and exchanges between the center and Salinger's widow, Colleen O'Neill. The Morgan will exhibit two of the donated letters April 12-19. The museum already had 24 Salinger letters.

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