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Never-before-seen photo of J.D. Salinger

There’s nothing phony about this photo. What you’re seeing above is a never-before-seen photo of a 49-year-old J.D. Salinger taken in April 1968. This photograph was recently posted on Newsweek’s website:

He was recently divorced, and three years into the seclusion that would span the last 45 years of his life. He has bags under his eyes and grooves in his face but, ever so faintly, he is smiling. The intimacy of his setting—the milky tangle of used blankets and sheets—is offset by the spare thrift of his Cornish, N.H., bedroom, with its humble furnishings: small wastebasket, austere dresser. Bare, blank walls. Pack of smokes. But the most telling detail is on the door, at the left edge: a flash-enhanced glint on the room’s steely lock. It’s a reminder of its tenant’s unflinching mantra: keep out.