‘Catcher in the Rye’ Author J.D. Salinger Dies at 91

The Catcher In The Rye“People always think something’s all true.”
— J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, Chapter 2

Hillel Italie writes on the AP Via Yahoo News:

J.D. Salinger, the legendary author, youth hero and fugitive from fame whose The Catcher in the Rye shocked and inspired a world he increasingly shunned, has died. He was 91.

Salinger died of natural causes at his home on Wednesday, the author’s son said in a statement from Salinger’s literary representative. He had lived for decades in self-imposed isolation in the small, remote house in Cornish, N.H.

The Catcher in the Rye, with its immortal teenage protagonist, the twisted, rebellious Holden Caulfield, came out in 1951, a time of anxious, Cold War conformity and the dawn of modern adolescence. The Book-of-the-Month Club, which made Catcher a featured selection, advised that for “anyone who has ever brought up a son” the novel will be “a source of wonder and delight — and concern.”

Enraged by all the “phonies” who make “me so depressed I go crazy,” Holden soon became American literature’s most famous anti-hero since Huckleberry Finn. The novel’s sales are astonishing — more than 60 million copies worldwide — and its impact incalculable. Decades after publication, the book remains a defining expression of that most American of dreams — to never grow up.

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3 Comments on "‘Catcher in the Rye’ Author J.D. Salinger Dies at 91"

  1. While sad, this may mean we actually get new material from him, since he claims he has been writing feverishly and just refusing to publish. Then again, I have long considered that just an excuse so he could be left along to diddle his groupie.

  2. Anonymous | Jan 28, 2010 at 10:07 pm |

    Well…now I just don’t know if I can handle this! The world is coming to an end!
    Quick find whatever he’s written that’s not published and make some money?

  3. MrYinYang | Jan 28, 2010 at 5:07 pm |

    Well…now I just don't know if I can handle this! The world is coming to an end!
    Quick find whatever he's written that's not published and make some money?

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