efe-epaBy Jorge Fuentelsaz New York

Photographs, notebooks, mementoes of childhood and correspondence with friends and writers like Ernest Hemingway are some of the items belonging to author J.D. Salinger (1919-2010), a jealous guardian of his own privacy, that the New York Public Library will exhibit for the first time on the 100th anniversary of his birth.

In a small room in the corner of the iconic library, on 5th Avenue, an attentive group of library officials carefully watch visitors to make sure that no more than 20 people enter the exhibit at a time and that they are not carrying bags or purses and do not use mobile telephones - to take photos, for instance - while they enjoy a glimpse into the private life of the famously reclusive author.

Salinger's 1951 novel "The Catcher in the Rye," considered to be one of the most influential works in American literature, was the big splash of his career but starting in 1953 he lived a very private life in Cornish, New Hampshire, far from the spotlight and the hoopla that often surrounds artistic success.