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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Author of Catcher in the Rye Died Yesterday

J. D. Salinger

NEW YORK (AP) - "Catcher in the Rye" author J.D. Salinger has died at age 91 in New Hampshire.

The author's son, in a statement from the author's literary representative, says Salinger died of natural causes at his home. He had lived for decades in self-imposed isolation in the small, remote house in Cornish, N.H.

"The Catcher in the Rye" with its immortal teenage protagonist—the twisted, rebellious Holden Caulfield—came out in 1951 during the time of anxious, Cold War conformity.

Salinger wrote for adults, but teenagers all over the world identified with the novel's themes of alienation, innocence and fantasy.

In later years, Salinger become famous for not wanting to be famous, refusing interviews.


Father: Sol Salinger
Mother: Marie Jillich ("Miriam")
Wife: Sylvia (m. 1945, div. 1947)
Wife: Claire Douglas (m. 1955, div. 1967, one daughter, one son)
Daughter: Margaret Salinger ("Peggy", b. 1955)
Son: Matt Salinger (actor)
Wife: Colleen O'Neil
Girlfriend: Oona O'Neill
Mistress: Joyce Maynard (1972)
    High School: Valley Forge Military Academy, Wayne, PA
    University: New York University
    University: Ursinus College
    University: Columbia University
    Nervous Breakdown
    Jewish Ancestry Paternal
    Risk Factors: Vegetarian, Orgone, Urolagnia

Is the subject of books:
Dream Catcher: A Memoir, 2000, BY: Margaret Salinger, DETAILS: unauthorized biography
Author of books:
The Catcher in the Rye (1951, novel)
Nine Stories (1953, short stories)
Franny and Zooey (1961, short stories)
Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters / Seymour, An Introduction (1963)


GJ - Was Catcher in the Rye required reading or did we read it because everyone talked about it?