Saturday, January 30, 2010

J.D. SALINGER 1919-2010

REMEMBER the following opening line from a famous first novel?

“If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.”

Of course, that is from J.D. Salinger’s classic novel of adolescent angst and discontent, The Catcher in the Rye, which was first published in 1951. Salinger’ most famous work has sold over 65 million copies worldwide since its publication in 1951.

The legendary, reclusive creator of Holden Caulfield has died at his home in Cornish, New Hampshire. He was 91.

Salinger is also the author of Nine Stories (published as For Esme: With Love and Squalor in the U.K.) (1953), Franny and Zooey (1961) and Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction (1963).


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