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J.D. Salinger
Born in New York in 1919, Jerome David Salinger dropped out of several schools before enrolling in a writing class at Columbia University, publishing his first piece ("The Young Folks") in Story magazine. Soon after, the New Yorker picked up the heralded "A Perfect Day for Bananafish," and more... show more



Born in New York in 1919, Jerome David Salinger dropped out of several schools before enrolling in a writing class at Columbia University, publishing his first piece ("The Young Folks") in Story magazine. Soon after, the New Yorker picked up the heralded "A Perfect Day for Bananafish," and more pieces followed, including "Slight Rebellion off Madison" in 1941, an early Holden Caulfield story. Following a stint in Europe for World War II, Salinger returned to New York and began work on his signature novel, 1951's "The Catcher in the Rye," an immediate bestseller for its iconoclastic hero and forthright use of profanity. Following this success, Salinger retreated to his Cornish, New Hampshire, home where he grew increasingly private, eventually erecting a wall around his property and publishing just three more books: "Nine Stories," "Franny and Zooey," "Raise High the Roof Beam, and Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction." Salinger was married twice and had two children. He died of natural causes on January 27, 2010, in New Hampshire at the age of 91.

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Birth date: 1919-01-01
Died: 2010-01-27
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Sheila's Reads
Sheila's Reads rated it 2 years ago
I understand why you should not read this for the first time as an adult but my education was neglected in my teens, obviously, since I did not read it then. Holden is a pain where the sun don't shine. He is so whiny. He acts as if he's seen everything, done everything, and knows everything but, ...
Malin
Malin rated it 3 years ago
This review will contain spoilers, so if you want to avoid knowing all the details of the sparse and meaningless plot, maybe skip the first couple of paragraphs. Holden Caulfield is a self-important, spoiled and worthless little shit. At the start of the book, he is cooling his heels at the fourt...
Jocelyn (The Reading World)
Jocelyn (The Reading World) rated it 3 years ago
Going to have to separate the artist from the art here. I know that Catcher was a deeply personal book to Salinger, but that doesn't change the fact that it was immensely dull to read.In theory, this should have appealed to me, according to the vast majority of the readers who consider it an endurin...
The Blogging of a Book Addict
The Blogging of a Book Addict rated it 3 years ago
I went into this book with exceedingly high expectations, having been told by someone whose opinion I trust immensely that it is potentially better than Salinger's Catcher in the Rye (one of my all-time favorites). I wasn't sure if I would agree, but I went into Franny and Zooey expecting great thin...
The Blogging of a Book Addict
The Blogging of a Book Addict rated it 3 years ago
In fairness, this is probably close to a 3.5 star review, because I found myself getting bored a few times throughout, and generally was not nearly as captivated as I would need to be for a perfect 4 star review. That said, with a short story collection I prefer to rate according to my favorite shor...
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