There appears to be a small ray of hope peeking through the rye fields for Swedish author Fredrik Colting, whose unauthorized sequel to J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye has been given a legal reprieve. The book, 60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye, was banned in July by a Manhattan court, but on Friday an appeals court voided the current injunction and sent the case back down to re-evaluate the earlier decision.
While there’s now a possibility that Colting’s novel may see the light of day, the appeals court also noted that it believed Salinger’s estate would ultimately win based on the merits of the case. Adding extra heft to the dispute is the fact that Salinger died only three months ago. Colting’s sequel follows a 76-year-old man named Mr. C who is evidently intended to be a continuation of the iconic character Holden Caulfield. Colting argues that his work falls under the category of literary commentary and thus is not an infringement of Salinger’s copyright.