"The withheld work of art is the only eloquence left," said Don DeLillo in his book "Mao II," likely thinking of J.D. Salinger. We will know at some point whether Salinger really withheld his art, or if there are new stories and books that he left us.
For now, we have a handful of works that cast a huge shadow. "The Catcher in the Rye," which gave American literature a character and voice that stand with "Huckleberry Finn" and one or two others. The great, groundbreaking "Nine Stories," including one of the top American stories, "For Esme -- With Love and Squalor." The Glass family saga, highlighted by the heartbreaking story "A Perfect Day for Bananafish" and "Franny and Zoey." What American male reading the latter didn't fall in love with Franny? Who else had such a perfect gift for dialect as to have a character say "Jeet jet?" (Did you eat yet?)
To end with silence is perhaps the best homage.