Where Holden Caulfield came from

Princeton Echo

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Illustration by Eliane Gerrits

I have come to see a manuscript at the Princeton University Library. But asking to see this particular manuscript is like asking to see the Ark of the Covenant. I need to make a prior appointment, produce two photo IDs, register for a special library card and sign a sheaf of legal disclaimers. I will not handle, copy, reproduce, photograph — and most especially, will not quote directly. 

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