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Publisher to drop lawsuit against J.D. Salinger's kin after bid to sell short stories overseas

CONCORD, N.H. – A publisher that sued J.D. Salinger’s widow and son, saying they interfered with efforts to sell three stories written by “The Catcher in the Rye” author, wants to drop the lawsuit.

Tennessee-based Devault-Graves Agency LLC published the short stories in the United States last year. They appeared in magazines in the 1940s.

Devault-Graves sought to publish them internationally. Colleen and Matthew Salinger objected, saying that would violate foreign copyright laws. Devault-Graves sued in March.

Friday’s dismissal notice, subject to a judge’s review, was filed in federal court in Concord.

Devault-Graves said the works were published in several foreign markets. It said it would defend its right to publish in others “legitimately open to us.”

A lawyer for the Salingers didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment.

Salinger died in 2010 at age 91.