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The Impact of World War II on Salinger's Writing

Writer David Shields discusses the relationship between J.D. Salinger's writing and his grisly experience of World War II, where he faced both the D-Day landing and the atrocities at a subcamp of the concentration camp Dachau. Shields sees World War II as a "covert meditation" in several of Salinger's short stories, including "For Esme With Love and Squalor" and "A Perfect Day for Bananafish."
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