A Swede whose new book was promoted as a sequel to J.D. Salinger's classic "The Catcher in the Rye" cannot publish it in the United States since it too closely mirrors Salinger's classic without adequate parody or critique, a US judge ruled on Wednesday.
District Judge Deborah Batts issued her written ruling in Manhattan after considering the arguments in a lawsuit brought by the 90-year-old reclusive author against the publishers of "60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye."
In her decision, Batts said that Fredrik Colting had "taken well more from 'Catcher,' in both substance and style, than is necessary for the alleged transformative purpose of criticizing Salinger and his attitudes and behavior."
Colting's claim that he also wrote the book to critically probe Salinger's most famous character, Holden Caulfield, was "problematic and lacking in credibility," Batts added.