Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters
J D Salinger


Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters, published in 1955 by The New Yorker, is a haunting portrait of family tragedy from the acclaimed author of The Catcher in the Rye. “He was a great many things to a great many people while he lived, and virtually all things to his brothers and sisters in our somewhat outsized family. Surely he was all real things to us: our blue-striped unicorn, our double-lensed burning glass, our consultant genius, our portable conscience, our supercargo, and our one full poet…”

Also included in this book is Seymour – an Introduction, published in 1959 in The New Yorker also. These two novellas, set seventeen years apart, are both concerned with Seymour Glass – the eldest son of J D Salinger’s fictional Glass family – as recalled by his closest brother, Buddy.

Paperback, 160pp
Penguin Books, 2010 (1955, 1959: 1963)
ISBN 9780241950463