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Guess what, the dude actually wrote other things besides Catcher.

  • Dec 5, 2008
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The Cather in the Rye is perfectly fine. A great book, actually -- pretty spectacular. However, my love for Salinger stems from one thing and it's the Glass family, the remarkably dysfunctional and quirky family that is the center of much of Salinger's work. In fact, it's said that one of these fictional characters, "Buddy" is actually the author of Cather in the Rye.

New to the Glass Family works? Start with Franny and Zooey. It's  a short, fun read that will seem shockingly familiar if you're a Wes Anderson fan. Why? Because The Royal Tennenbaums wasn't just majorly influenced by the Glass family, entire scenes from this novel are very similar to those in the film.

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March 24, 2009
I read all of Salinger when I was stuck up working on a farm in Conn. one summer. I never read so much in my life as I did those 2 summers when I was 15 and 16. That's when I developed a deep hatred for Ayn Rand. I read all of her crap too. Thank God Salinger was better. For me CATCH 22 was the one book that stayed with me. I read it every year or so. I don't mean to, I just accidentally pick it up and it happens. I also read ULYSSES  and learned that I enjoyed my books more when they were punctuated.
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review by . January 31, 2010
"Anyway, I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody's around — nobody big, I mean — except me. And I'm standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff — I mean if they're running and they don't look where they're going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That's all I'd do all day. I'd just be the catcher …
Quick Tip by . June 15, 2010
Boy do I love Salinger.
Quick Tip by . June 15, 2010
great author
Quick Tip by . January 28, 2010
R.I.P. J.D. Salinger. Thank you for all your great contributions to the literary world.
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Jerome David "J. D." Salinger (January 1, 1919 – January 27, 2010) was an American author, best known for his 1951 novel The Catcher in the Rye, as well as his reclusive nature. His last original published work was in 1965; he gave his last interview in 1980.

Raised in Manhattan, Salinger began writing short stories while in secondary school, and published several stories in the early 1940s before serving in World War II. In 1948 he published the critically acclaimed story "A Perfect Day for Bananafish" in The New Yorker magazine, which became home to much of his subsequent work. In 1951 Salinger released his novel The Catcher in the Rye, an immediate popular success. His depiction of adolescent alienation and loss of innocence in the protagonist Holden Caulfield was influential, especially among adolescent readers. The novel remains widely read and controversial, selling around 250,000 copies a year.

The success of The Catcher in the Rye led to public attention and scrutiny: Salinger became reclusive, publishing new work less frequently. He followed Catcher with a short story collection, Nine Stories (1953), a collection of a novella and a short story, Franny and Zooey (1961), and a collection of two novellas, Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction (1963). His last published work, a novella entitled "Hapworth 16, 1924," appeared in The New Yorker on June 19, 1965.

Afterward, Salinger struggled with unwanted ...
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