Most people recognize the title of this novel but what they might not know is that “Catcher in the Rye” was the only novel written by J.D. Salinger. It was a book that lots of schools chose to have their students read. I was one of those students. It was published on July 16, 1951, and was all about a confused teenager who had become disillusioned by the adult world. At this time Salinger was 31 years old and had worked on the novel for a decade. He had stories published in New Yorker magazine in the 1940s.
“Catcher in the Rye” became a run-away success and became a Book of the Month Club selection. However Salinger wasn’t happy about being in the public eye and he retreated to a hilltop cabin in Cornish, New York. He continued to have stories published in New Yorker magazine. In 1963 he came out with “Franny and Zooey” a book based on two New Yorker stories combined. “Franny” was a short story and “Zooey” a novella. In 1965 the author stopped publishing work and the same year divorced his wife of 12 years. Then in 1999 journalist Joyce Maynard published a book which told of her affair with Salinger.
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Salinger became notorious for being a recluse and died at his home in New Hampshire on January 27, 2010, at 91 years of age.
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I remember that book. I am sure I read it. Thank you for sharing the information with us. It was very infomative.
Interesting information. I didn’t know this was his only novel.
I read it… it wasn’t assigned it was that everyone was reading it..
Holden was my role model early in life. I would later come to realize that like all characters Holden had many flaws.
but when I was young that was a guide for me! It remains a treasured book from my childhood!
More information I did not know. Thanks to you again! Have a good weekend.
Unfortunately, this book is now on the banned book list, Carol. I also wish you a good weekend,