J.D. Salinger Dies

 J.D. Salinger

J.D. Salinger, the author of “The Catcher In The Rye” has died at his home in New Hampshire at the age of 91.   The book, featuring the adventures of the tortured and rebellious teenager, Holden Caulfield, was first published in 1951.  The impact of his writing is incalculable.

‘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.’  -Hillel Itale for the AP

“Among other things, you’ll find that you’re not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior.  You’re by no means alone on that score, you’ll be excited and stimulated to know.  Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now.  Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles.  You’ll learn from them – if you want to.  Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you.  It’s a beautiful reciprocal arrangement.  And it isn’t education.  It’s history.  It’s poetry.”   -J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

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