Trove of Previously Unseen Letters Written by J.D. Salinger Reveal His Human Side

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LONDON (AP).- He had a reputation as a literary recluse, but a trove of previously unseen letters written by J.D. Salinger to a British friend reveals a sociable man who took bus trips to Niagara Falls, ate fast-food hamburgers, enjoyed watching tennis and claimed always to be writing new work. The 50 letters and four postcards have been donated to a British university, which made them public Thursday on the first anniversary of the author’s death at the age of 91. They show that the enigmatic writer of “The Catcher in the Rye” was an affectionate friend who enjoyed gardening, trips to the theater and church suppers — and thought one restaurant chain’s burgers were better than the rest. Chris Bigsby, professor of American studies at the letters’ new home, the University of East Anglia, said they challenge Salinger’s image