J.D. Salinger (1919-2010)

Author J.D. Salinger died earlier this week, he was 91.  He is best known for his 1951 novel, The Catcher in the Rye which remains one of my favorite books. 

The Catcher in the Rye tells the story of Holden Caulfield, a teenager filled with angst, dealing with the emotions and frustrations with which so many can identify.

The book is a favorite among literary critics but it is was also quite controversial.  The language and some scenes, especially for the time, were very racy and there were those who worked to ban the book from high schools across the country.

Salinger himself became an infamous recluse and worked very hard to keep his privacy.  He produced only two more novels, Nine Stories and Franny and Zoey which the critics admired but didn’t have the mass appeal of Catcher.

There are a few reports coming out now suggesting that while Salinger didn’t publish any more novels, he wrote constantly and the few visitors he had, commented that his house was full of pages upon pages of essays and other works.  It will be interesting to see if any of those works will now be published.

The New York Times has an interactive map of Manhattan which allows you to trace the steps of Holden Caulfield which is really interesting especially if you’ve read the book.

One thought on “J.D. Salinger (1919-2010)

  1. As an anthem for independent thinkers and non-conformists, Catcher in the Rye charged up a whole generation to question. I can think of no greater legacy for this author.

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