A proposed sequel to JD Salinger’s The Catcher In The Rye has been banned from release in the US and Canada.
Swedish author Fredrik Colting attempted to publish the book despite the original author previously taking legal action against him prior to his death.
Colting wrote his work under the pseudonym John David California, and called his work ’60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye’ which he has been told to modify.
According to Salinger’s lawyers, Colting sequel which was published in the UK in June 2009 was “a rip-off, pure and simple”.
Colting has reached a settlement with Salinger’s estate to end a lengthy copyright dispute over the book.
The accused author claims his book – which includes a character based on Salinger’s anti-hero Holden Caulfield – was a literary commentary and not a sequel.
However, a US judged objected to its publication in North America, saying it was too closely connected to the original.
Colting is forbidden from dedicating the book to Salinger, and the terms of the deal prohibits him or any publisher of the book from referring to the Catcher in the Rye or Salinger himself.
Colting said “we’ve come to an agreement with the Salinger trust but I’m afraid I can’t go into any specifics.
“Let’s just say that the book will be published in a number of countries this year and I’m very pleased with that.”