‘Catcher in the Rye’ Author J.D. Salinger has died with legacy intact

January 29, 2010

(ChattahBox) – ‘Catcher in the Rye’ reclusive author J.D. Salinger has died at age 91 at his New Hampshire home. Idolized by generations of rebellious adolescents, and those of us that managed to finally finish one full book in high school. Following the success of his 1951 novel and its laconic anti-hero, Holden Caulfield, Salinger withdrew from public life, overwhelmed by his new fame. He did publish “Nine Stories,” “Franny and Zooey” and “Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction,” but nothing after 1965 and had not been interviewed since 1980, avoiding the fame that Catcher had afforded him. Although he seems to have continued writing in his isolation, those manuscripts have remained private. Seeing how so many today exploit their fame, I find Salinger’s reclusion almost a breath of fresh air. How many books out their that sold sold 60 million copies, weren’t turned into disappointing movies? Rest in peace J.D., you’ve guarded Caulfield’s legacy well!


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