“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it,
you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could
call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it.
That doesn’t happen much, though.”
― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
Jerome David Salinger was an American author, best known for his 1951 novel The Catcher in the Rye, as well as his reclusive nature. His last original published work was in 1965; he gave his last interview in 1980.
. . . In 1951 Salinger released his novel The Catcher in the Rye, an immediate popular success. His depiction of adolescent alienation and loss of innocence in the protagonist Holden Caulfield was influential, especially among adolescent readers. The novel remains widely read and controversial, selling around 250,000 copies a year.
The success of The Catcher in the Rye led to public attention and scrutiny: Salinger became reclusive, publishing new work less frequently. He followed Catcher with a short story collection, Nine Stories(1953), a collection of a novella and a short story, Franny and Zooey (1961), and a collection of two novellas, Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction (1963). His last published work, a novella entitled “Hapworth 16, 1924”, appeared in The New Yorker on June 19, 1965.
. . . He made headlines around the globe in June 2009, after filing a lawsuit against another writer for copyright infringement resulting from that writer’s use of one of Salinger’s characters from The Catcher in the Rye. Salinger died of natural causes on January 27, 2010, at his home in Cornish, New Hampshire.
(Citing bio found on Goodreads)
Catcher in the Rye was required reading when I was in high school.
How about you? Did you HAVE to read it?
If not, have you read it or any other Salinger books?
- Nine Stories – J.D. Salinger (noblenovella.wordpress.com)
- Book Report: ‘Salinger’ By Shane Salerno and David Shields (thirtyfourflavours.wordpress.com)
- Book Review: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (thehungryreader.wordpress.com)