Given Salinger’s minuscule literary output his reputation has probably been overstated for years, but what he did give to the world was great, great writing.
He sought, and found, anonymity for the balance of his life.
From the link:
J. D. Salinger, who was thought at one time to be the most important American writer to emerge since World War II but who then turned his back on success and adulation, becoming the Garbo of letters, famous for not wanting to be famous, died Wednesday at his home in Cornish, N.H., where he had lived in seclusion for more than 50 years. He was 91.
Mr. Salinger’s literary reputation rests on a slender but enormously influential body of published work: the novel “ The Catcher in the Rye,” the collection “ Nine Stories” and two compilations, each with two long stories about the fictional Glass family: “ Franny and Zooey” and “ Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction.”