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The Literature Nook

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J.D. Salinger

J.D. Salinger was born in New York City on January 1, 1919. Salinger is known for works about sensitive, articulate young people and for his skill in capturing the quality of their colloquial urban speech.

His best-known work is The Catcher in the Rye, a novel about a neurotic, perceptive adolescent who rebels against what he considers the phoniness of modern society. Told in the teenage slang pf the narrator-hero, the book is a skillful combination of humor and pathos. Since its publication, it has been the favorite of high school and college students.

A strange aside to the bookThe Catcher in the Ryecenters around the death of John Lennon. The assassin, John David Chapman, after firing several shots into John Lennon, dropped his gun and calmy took out his copy of The Catcher in the Rye, sat down on the curb, and read until the police arrived.

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on September 11, 1997


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