Friday, May 21, 2010

How to pronounce “Zooey”

Aaron Cohen poses the question. J.D. Salinger’s literary agency has already answered: “zoh-ee.” I will continue to think that “zoo-ee” makes better sense.

Three Franny and Zooey posts
A Salinger catalogue
Another Salinger catalogue
“[D]ark, wordy, academic deaths”

comments: 2

zenpoole said...

I agree that Zoo-ey makes more sense. I have been researching this because I need to talk about the book, and came across a comment from someone who met Joyce Maynard, Salinger's long time love, and she said it is prnounced "Zoo-ey".

Michael Leddy said...

It’s difficult though to see how a comment from someone who met Joyce Maynard trumps a response from Harold Ober Associates.

You might look a little more into the Salinger-Maynard relationship before calling her his “longtime love.” Their relationship was short-lived — not to mention deeply creepy.