This Sandwich Has No Mayonnaise

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"This Sandwich Has No Mayonnaise" is a short story by J. D. Salinger published in Esquire in October 1945.[1] The story was published in the 1958 anthology The Armchair Esquire, edited by Arnold Gingrich and L. Rust Hills.

The story describes Vincent Caulfield's experience at a Georgia boot camp before embarking for the war. [2] He is upset because his brother Holden (as described in "Last Day of the Last Furlough") is missing in action, and is unable to accept the possibility Holden may be dead.[3]

In an episode of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, a virtual movie theater lobby, filled with other Salinger esoterica, displays a poster for a feature titled "May I have a Mayonnaise?".


  1. ^ "Seventy-five Years of Storied History About Fiction!". Esquire. June 20, 2008.  Retrieved on August 13, 2008.
  2. ^ Slawenski, Kenneth (2012). J.D. Salinger: A Life. New York: Random House. ISBN 0812982592
  3. ^ Alexander, Paul (1999). Salinger: A Biography. Los Angeles: Renaissance. ISBN 1-58063-080-4.