As a teacher (retired) the works of Salinger intrigue me. I taught his The Catcher In The Rye more times than I am able to count.
After all of that teaching, I didn't learn that Salinger practiced Zen Buddhism until he recently passed away at age 91. Here's an article I found about Salinger's practice and his writings:
The Relationship Between the Writings of J.D. Salinger and Zen Buddhism
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