JD Salinger author of “Catcher in the Rye” is dead at 91; Holden Caulfield still lives on

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If you attended middle or high school, then the JD Salinger novel,

“Catcher in the Rye” should come to mind. There is a requirement in most school curriculum to read this book if you want to graduate.

I remember endless hours of picking apart the assigned chapters of the book and then discussing our thoughts openly in class. I really enjoyed this book! What do you think?

So, now we find out that the author of this spectacular book which has been a treasure for all readers, (psychopaths consider it to be a fave) has died at the old age of 91. The book is centered around Holden Caulfield.

The Huffington Post describes the book and character as follows, “with its immortal teenage protagonist, the twisted, rebellious Holden Caulfield, came out in 1951, a time of anxious, Cold War conformity and the dawn of modern adolescence. The Book-of-the-Month Club, which made “Catcher” a featured selection, advised that for “anyone who has ever brought up a son” the novel will be “a source of wonder and delight – and concern.”

Well, you got that right! Catcher in the Rye has made an impression on many people and to this day it is still a best seller. More than 60 million copies have been sold worldwide and is top 20 on Amazon.com’s best-seller list.(Huffington Post)

He received many offers to take the book to theatre and many wanted to cast him as the main character, Holden. He refused every offer. He even rejected Steven Spielberg and Harvey Weinstein who wanted to put it on film.

Salinger was also the author of “Nine Stories” “Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters” and “Seymour – An Introduction.”

The last words that he published were in 1965 and it was a story called “Hapworth 16, 1928″. Salinger was even known to write books and keep them locked in a safe at home. His reason?

“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.”(H.P.)

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