American Masters: Salinger

American Masters: Salinger

Tuesday, January 21 at 9:00 p.m.

Discover J.D. Salinger’s childhood, painstaking work methods, marriages, private world and secrets.

The 200th episode of "American Masters" features interviews with 150 subjects, including J.D. Salinger’s friends, colleagues and members of his inner circle who have never spoken on the record before, as well as film footage, photographs and other material that has never been seen.

Additionally, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Edward Norton, John Cusack, Margaret Salinger, John Guare, Martin Sheen, David Milch, Robert Towne, Phoebe Hoban, Tom Wolfe, E.L. Doctorow, Gore Vidal and Pulitzer Prize-winners A. Scott Berg and Elizabeth Frank talk about Salinger’s influence on their lives, their work and the broader culture.

Salinger achieved fame early with his short story A Perfect Day for a Bananafish. His novels The Catcher in the Rye and Franny and Zooey are classics of American fiction.