J.D. Salinger has died

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.

“I love to write and I assure you I write regularly,” Salinger said in a brief interview with the Baton Rouge (La.) Advocate in 1980. “But I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it.”

The Catcher In The Rye, first published in 1951, is a tale of teenage angst. It has become one of the most influential American novels of the modern era.

Soon after its publication, Salinger shunned the fame it brought and became a recluse for the rest of his life.

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2 Responses

  1. Brian says:

    One of the best books I’ve ever read. Should be a high school read for every student. I do love the fact that he ran from the fame and was just an old curmudgeon. He’ll be missed.

  2. the marble tea says:

    Hi there, Christy! Just saw you mentioned in Ariel’s newsletter and came by to check out your blog. Naturally I had to respond to this Salinger post because he was one of my favorite writers, but Catcher was my least favorite book of his! Actually, I did a post on my blog about that (and included a free song I’d written & recorded, as I do each month, plug plug. Ha ha, sorry.). If you’re interested in the post, it’s at:

    http://marbletea.com/2010/01/31/lower-the-roof-beam-carpenters-salingers-gone-home/

    Anyway, you should definitely check out Franny & Zooey if you haven’t already.

    Yours ~Knight (the marble tea)