Go See Eddie

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"Go See Eddie"
Author J. D. Salinger
Country United States
Language English
Published in Kansas City Review
Publication date 1940

"Go See Eddie" is one of J. D. Salinger's first short stories. It is a tense story about a brother and sister, first published in 1940.[1]

"Go See Eddie" was initially submitted to Story magazine and then Esquire before being accepted by The University Review, now known as New Letters. Forgotten for decades, this story was uncovered in 1963 by Salinger's biographer Warren French. This story is in the public domain.

Plot summary[edit]

The story cast consists of two siblings Bobby and Helen, and their maid Elsie. Bobby comes to see Helen who is grooming herself. He tries to convince her of several things. The first is to pursue a job with a friend of his (Eddie) and his second motive is to convince her to not commit adultery with a married man. He complains of her promiscuity and the disagreement escalates. After a brief fight, Bobby tells Helen about a rumour that she is seeing another man as well, which she denies, and the lunch he had with the wife of the man who is committing adultery with Helen. After a last attempt at telling her to go see Eddie, Bobby leaves. Helen reflects on what has transpired and starts to rectify the situation by possibly cancelling the affair. She then calls the other guy with whom she is rumoured to have an affair.


  1. ^ Rosenbaum, Ron (4 February 2010). "Sex in the Salinger Archives?". slate.com. The Slate Group. A little-known short story might be a clue.