By Erica Abbott
A photo purportedly showing “The Catcher in the Rye” author J.D. Salinger writing at a nudist getaway is misleading. While the photo is real, the man writing in the nude is actually Jayson Loam, not Salinger.
According to Snopes, the misleading image began circulating social media after Old Pics Archive shared it on Twitter. Their tweet, which purported that Salinger had been “spotted at a nudist getaway,” was retweeted more than 100 times. The scantily-dressed man, however, is not Salinger—the photo actually shows nudist magazine author Loam, then known as Stan Sohler.
— Old Pics Archive (@oldpicsarchive) May 15, 2017
According to the photo’s caption, written by Earl Kemp, Loam was writing articles for a magazine at a nudist camp:
Jayson Loam (then Stan Sohler) writing articles for American Sunbathing Magazine out of the back of the family station wagon at Lupin Lodge, a nudist camp between Los Gatos and Santa Cruz, California. Photo by Ed Lange dated 1958.
There is no evidence to suggest that Salinger wrote in the nude and, if he did, he was never photographed doing so. Salinger had “lived in seclusion for more than 50 years” and was known for being a very private person, according to the New York Times‘ 2010 obituary on the author.
Social Media Shares Misleading Photo of “J.D. Salinger” Writing In the Nude
If I have to get surprised by J.D. Salinger’s bare ass today, so do you. https://t.co/kKHkhXNVvF
— Jer (@poponjer) May 15, 2017
Quickly tries but fails to come up with the ultimate literary pun. https://t.co/05vBQFpPQK
— Rachel Weingarten (@rachelcw) May 15, 2017
Surefire cure for writers block https://t.co/u00ccNIMYh
— Doc Collins (@collins2020_doc) May 15, 2017
Catcher in the Raw … https://t.co/N0w2vSJ80R
— Chris Thompson (@PopCultureHound) January 3, 2017
‘I’m quite illiterate, but I read a lot.’
― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye pic.twitter.com/HZbaZZb6nt
— adalberto alves (@adalbertoasf) October 5, 2016
Did you see the misleading photo of Jayson Loam writing in the nude circulating social media? Did you know that the subject of the photograph was not J.D. Salinger? Sound off in the comments section below!