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Copy of Catcher in the Rye Introduction

J.D. Salinger and Novel Background

Laura Miller

on 15 May 2017

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Transcript of Copy of Catcher in the Rye Introduction

J.D. Salinger and his novel
Later Life
Salinger's Works
The Catcher in the Rye
Controversial Aspects
-J.D. Salinger never allowed The Catcher In The Rye to be adapted into a film.
-J.D. (Jerome David) Salinger was born in 1919 and died in 2010. He was 91.
-Growing up, Salinger was expelled from private school. He was sent to military school in Pennsylvania.
-The Catcher in The Rye, Salinger's first novel, is published in 1951 and is an immediate success. More than 250,000 copies are still sold annually.
-J.D. Salinger went into seclusion after the publishing and fame of The Catcher in the Rye.
The Catcher In The Rye
-The protagonist of Catcher is Holden Caulfield. He is 16 years old, and he has just been kicked out of prep school (again).
-Holden - cynical, slangy voice
- NYT: "The novel struck a nerve in cold-war America and quickly attained cult status, especially among the young." Calls reading Catcher a "rite of passage."
- late 1930s and 40s: drops out of NYU, takes classes, submits stories, declares he'll write the Great American Novel
-1941: "Slight Rebellion Off Madison" is accepted by "The New Yorker"
-1942: Was drafted into the army, met Ernest Hemingway, one of his idols

-Salinger did not publish much after Catcher. Two of his other famous works are "Nine Stories" and "Franny and Zooey."
-J.D. Salinger was not expecting fame and popularity from his novels. He did not take the fame very well.
-He was sensitive to criticism, and he never published any novels after he went into isolation. There are rumors he left more than a dozen unpublished novels in his home.
-He lived in New Hamphsire with his wife and kids. He died of natural causes.
-Takes place in the 1950s in New York City over about three days.
Thematic topics:
Loss of innocence/coming of age
Protecting the innocent
Need for companionship
-It was banned in several countries and in some U.S. schools in the 1950s. It's one of the most censored and most read books in the United States.
-Controversial Topics: sex, alcohol, profanity, Holden as a role model
-John Lennon's assassin had a copy of this book in his pocket when he was arrested. In the book, he wrote, "This is my statement."
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