Year: 1980 Source: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v.10, no.1, (Spring 1980) p.51-60 SIEC No: 19831261

This paper explores the suicide of Seymour Glass, a major character in J.D. Salinger’s fiction & utilizes the “psychological autopsy” technique as a framework for investigating the psychodynamics of Seymour’s death. The suicide is analyzed in terms of 5 major elements related to Seymour’s emotional state & manifest behaviors: details of the death; personal history; level of perturbation; personality & life-style and intention & lethality of the act.(DD)