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 thoughts on “J.D. Salinger has died

  1. 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. 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)

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