This is only idle speculation of course.
Both J.D. Salinger
and Thomas Pynchon
are talented and reclusive American
authors. Both are cult figures and take a long time to produce masterpieces. While Salinger is reclusive, Pynchon is very
reclusive. Pynchon was last seen in public in 1962, and is rumored to live near NYC. Salinger lives in New Hampshire and has not published anything since 1965. All but one of Pynchon's novels were published after 1965.