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RIP J.D. Salinger

Posted by Kristi on January 28, 2010

Everyone is reporting that J.D. Salinger, author of The Catcher in the Rye and creator of one of the most famous rebellious teenage characters in literature, died today at the age of 91.  He’d lived in almost total obscurity for almost 50 years, after publishing his last story in the New Yorker in 1965.  Whether you loved Holden Caulfield or not, Salinger’s creation had a huge effect on YA literature.  The Catcher in the Rye plays a huge role in one of my favorite recent YA novels, King Dork by Frank Portman.

If you loved his work, if you hated it, or even if you’ve never heard of this Salinger guy, it’s worth checking out his New York Times obituary.

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One Response to “RIP J.D. Salinger”

  1. Aaron Peacher said

    For some reason I liked Franny and Zooey much more than Catcher, but I did read it. John Updikes review of the book, or the glass family as a whole struck me as kind of funny “Salinger loves the Glasses more than God loves them.” The whole article kind of reminds me of how the woman who wrote To Kill a Mockingbird went into obscurity after that book was written, but Salinger’s want for solitude seems awfully in character. At least for Holden that is.

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