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CATCHER IN THE RYE

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"In my mind, I am probably the biggest sex maniac you ever saw."
PROFANITY
SEXUALITY
MORAL DECAY
Published in the highly idealistic, moralistic 50s, the novel is the epitome of counterculture.
Holden's self imposed isolation, shaky mental state and denial of traditional values, make him the type of role model students do not need. He uses the term 'phony' not to describe insincerity, but people who believe too strongly in doing what is orthodox.
$1.25
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Vol.CCLXXIV, No. 274
J.D. SALINGER
"I shoot people in this hat."
A CAUSE FOR MURDER?
Mark Chapman claims he killed John Lennon because Lennon was a 'phony' and Chapman, as Holden, needed to kill him to save the children from Lennon. After killing Lennon, Chapman pulled out a copy of the book and began to read it
John Hinkley Jr. and Lee Harvey Oswald both were found to be in possession of the book. Hinkley's copy was found on the coffee table in his hotel room when he was arrested; he said read it to find his defense. Owald's was among several spy novels.

CATCHER IN THE RYE
BANNED

BEHIND THE OUTCRY
The excess cursing is one of the leading causes for the books banning. In the novel "goddam" appears over 90 times, "hell" over 60 and "damn" is said 40 times. Moron and Christ are two more of Holden's favorite words.
The use of such language can be attributed to its intended audience-adults. Salinger may have written the innermost thoughts of a teenager but he did not intend for them to read it.

Born in 1919, J.D. Salinger's writing career took a short detour when he was drafted in 1942, but he accredits his success to his service.
In 1951, Salinger found himself number one on the New York Times Best Seller list for
Catcher in the Rye
. Nine years later the book was first contested after a Tulsa, OK teacher was fired for teaching it to his 11th grade students.

1985
1988
2001
1992
1982
1975
De Funiak Springs, Florida
Banned because it is "unacceptable" and "obscene."
Linton-Stockton, Indiana
Challenged because of profanity, lurid passages about sex, and statements defamatory to minorities, God, women, and the disabled.
Summerville, South Carolina
Removed because "it is a filthy, filthy book."
Manitoba, Canada
Removed for violating the committee's guidelines covering "excess vulgar language, sexual scenes, things concerning moral issues, excessive violence, and anything dealing with the occult.
Catcher in the
Rye
Christina Grierson
Marissa Miller
Norman Shoemake

J.D. Salinger
"Then we shook hands and all that crap. It made me feel sad as hell."
From Holden's blatant sexualization of a friends mother, to the various 'hook up' stories in the novel and his hiring of a prostitute, the book is abundant sexual content.
Holden's own sexuality also comes under question.

"What I really felt like, though, was committing suicide.
I felt like jumping out the window."
Martin County, Florida
Challenged for inappropriate language
2011
Waterloo, Iowa
Challenged because the book is "blasphemous and undermines morality."
Banned because of parents' objections to the language and content of the book.
Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania
Continuous Success
Catcher in the Rye
has sold over 65 million copies since being published in 1951.
First banned in 1960,
Catcher in the Rye
has a legacy as both the most frequently banned and the most assigned.
As widely challenged the book has never gone out of publication and is frequently awarded various best titles.

Bibliography
http://www.ala.org/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/classics/reasons
http://entertainment.time.com/2011/01/06/removing-the-n-word-from-huck-finn-top-10-censored-books/slide/the-catcher-in-the-rye-2/
http://www.csun.edu/~kjs26872/Banned_Book___The_Catcher_in_the_Rye.html
http://www.crimelibrary.com/terrorists_spies/assassins/chapman/3.html
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