Jerome David Salinger was an American novelist who wrote multiple books. He was best recognized for his novel The Catcher in the Rye Book in 1951. However, this was not his first work because he has published many short stories for Story magazine before publishing the novel. He offered his services in world war II. One of the most attention-gaining stories of his was A Perfect Day for Bananafish, published in The New Yorker. Its publication was done much later in his work.
Salinger was known to everyone after The Catcher in the Rye novel, which is considered the cause of his popularity. The tone of the book is conversational therefore easy to understand. That’s why it was a favorite among the general public and widely read by adolescent readers.
The Catcher in the Rye is written by J.D Salinger. The partial publication of the book took place from 1945 to 1946, and the entire novel was published in 1951. Primarily it was for adults but more and often read by the adolescents because of the theme of the story and as a critique on superficiality in society.
After The Catcher in the Rye, the author published almost nine short stories in the form of a collection called Nine Stories. In 1953 and 1961, he published a volume containing two novellas called Franny and Zooey. In 1965, Salinger published his last work, a novella, Hapworth 16, 1924, that appeared in The New Yorker.
It was translated into many languages worldwide, and almost one million copies are being sold every year, forming total sales of 65 million copies of the book. The novel’s main character is Holden Caulfield, who is like an icon for the teenage rebellion. Issues like sex, identity belonging, loss, connection, innocence, depression are discussed in this novel.
This book holds the record for being listed as the top best English-written novel since 1923 among 100 by Time Magazine in 2005. Modern library and the readers of the modern library called this book the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. It was also listed at number 15 on a survey The Big Reads by BBC in 2003.
Holden Caulfield, a leading character of the story, is a frustrated sixteen-year-old boy living in an unnamed asylum in California after the termination of world war II. Moreover, He wanted to go live with his brother D.B after his discharge within one month. His brother is an author and Hollywood Screenwriter. That’s why Holden is irritated with him as he doesn’t like this profession.
The memories of Christmas at Pencey Preparatory Academy are constantly coming to Holden’s mind. He was getting an education in a boarding school in Pennsylvania. Jerome thought he would never be able to go back to Pencey after the Christmas break because his result was not good; he failed in all courses except English.
Holden says goodbye to his history teacher, an older man who is likely to live for a long time. After forfeiting a fencing match in New York by forgetting the luggage on the subway. Moreover, Spencer advised Holden and made him feel embraced by reminding his scores in the history paper.
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