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Catcher in the Rye 'sequel' could get go-ahead

4th May 2010

A Swedish author who was barred from publishing his 'sequel' to J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye in the US by a federal court judge has been given the go-ahead to appeal the decision.

Fredrik Colting's 60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye was banned from publication last July by Judge Deborah Batts, who claimed that the book was far too close to Salinger's masterpiece, which was first published in 1951.

Despite Colting's claims that the book is simply a commentary on the famous novel, the judge claimed that Mr C - the main character in the new novel - was an infringement on Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye anti-hero Holden Caulfield.

Although published in the UK last June, the book was only available for a short period of time.

Colting's novel follows the 76-year-old Mr C - who the author admits is based on Holden Caulfield - as he escapes from his retirement home and heads to New York.

Earlier this year, reclusive author Salinger died at his home in New Hampshire of natural causes. The author was 91 years old.

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