‘Dear Poppa,’ A Pre-Catcher Salinger Writes To Hemingway

“Writing from a hospital in Nuremburg, Germany, Salinger offers that nothing is wrong with him except ‘an almost constant state of despondency,’ and that his purpose in writing was ‘to talk to someone sane.'” In the 1946 letter, about to go on view at Boston’s JFK Library, Salinger implores Hemingway “not to sell [his latest novel] to a movie producer.”