Three Early Stories

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Three Early Stories is a posthumous publication of American author J. D. Salinger, published in 2014, comprising three stories: "The Young Folks", "Go See Eddie" and "Once a Week Won't Kill You".

These stories, as the title says, are three of his earliest stories he ever published, dating back as early as 1940. However, the stories weren't published in book format until 2014, the publication year of this collection. Both "The Young Folks" and "Once a Week Won't Kill You" were originally published in Story magazine, "The Young Folks" being published in 1940, making it Salinger's first published story, and "Once a Week Won't Kill You" in 1944. "Go See Eddie" was originally published in Kansas Review in the December 1940 issue, making it his second published story. [1]

The collection also includes new illustrations, created by Anna Rose Yoken, to accompany the stories. [2]


In 2014, The Devault-Graves Agency made world literary news by publishing the first legitimate J.D. Salinger book in over 50 years, Three Early Stories. [3] [4] The book collected the first two short stories ever published by Salinger and a later one published during his World War II period. The agency discovered through research that those three Salinger stories, unbeknownst to the Salinger estate according to some reports, had fallen into the public domain. However, The Devault-Graves Agency applied for and received a copyright for the book as a unique anthology, thus protecting its Three Early Stories book from others publishing the three stories collectively. [5]

Three Early Stories was also published in six foreign-language editions. The Devault-Graves Agency brought suit against the Salinger Trust for what they termed as interference with their foreign marketing of the book. [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] The agency dropped the lawsuit when they felt that the Salinger Trust would no longer interfere with the book’s marketing in those countries where the copyright of Three Early Stories was upheld. [11] [12] The agency also claimed they would not try to market the book in countries where the Salinger Trust still held copyright to the three stories in question. The copyright issues involved in the case have caused it to become an important case in the area of international copyright law. [13]

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