TEHRAN, Feb. 16 (Mehr News Agency) -- Scores of Iranian literati and scholars came together on Feb. 14 at the Cinematheque Hall of Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (TMCA) to discuss American author Jerome David Salinger.
Organized by the Book City Institute and TMCA, the event was also accompanied by an award ceremony of the 1st Book City Short Story Competition as well as a conference on World Short Story Day.
Iranian expert Amir-Ali Nojumian delivered a speech, entitled "Salinger, Perceptive of Innocence", saying, "Although the author claims to be busy with writing short stories and novels, he has published very few works."
Nojumian believes that Salinger is a legend more than being an author.
"In fact, Salinger's reclusive nature has played the major role in making such legendary image of him."
According to Salinger's daughter, he is not an unsociable man at all, he noted.
"He is just simply avoiding fame," Nojumian quoted her as saying.
Salinger is best known for "The Catcher in the Rye", a classic novel that has enjoyed enduring popularity since its publication in 1951. A major theme in Salinger's work is the strong yet delicate mind of "disturbed" adolescents, and the redemptive capacity of children in the lives of such young men.
The secretary of the conference Ali-Asghar Mohammadkhani, for his part, focused on the prominence of short story in Iran in recent years, adding that Iranian literature, especially short story, has been influenced by various developments like the Islamic Revolution, the Sacred Defense, and the flowering of women in social sectors, during the recent two decades.
Other lecturers, including Abdollah Kowsari and Mohsen Soleimani, also discussed the status of short story across the globe.
The event culminated in award presentation.
Born in 1956, Benson studied classical drawing in Florence and then proceeded to teaching at Chelsea Art School for a year.
He won National Art Library Illustration Award as well as Mother Goose Award given for the most promising newcomer in children's book illustration.
He has so far illustrated 24 titles for authors, including Kenneth Grahame, Roald Dahl and Russell Hoban.
He credits include "The Lord Fish" written by Walter de la Mare, "The Six Swan Brothers" by Adele Geras, "Dipper's Island" by Henrietta Branford, "The Sea-Thing Child" by Hoban, "Christopher Mouse: The Tale of a Small Traveler" by William Wise, and "Moby Dick" by Herman Melville.
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