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J.D. Salinger Dead at 91


Reclusive author J.D. Salinger has died at 91:

"Salinger died of natural causes at his home on Wednesday, the author's son said in a statement from Salinger's literary representative. 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, a time of anxious, Cold War conformity and the dawn of modern adolescence. The Book-of-the-Month Club, which made 'Catcher' a featured selection, advised that for 'anyone who has ever brought up a son' the novel will be 'a source of wonder and delight — and concern.' Enraged by all the 'phonies' who make 'me so depressed I go crazy,' Holden soon became American literature's most famous anti-hero since Huckleberry Finn. The novel's sales are astonishing — more than 60 million copies worldwide — and its impact incalculable. Decades after publication, the book remains a defining expression of that most American of dreams — to never grow up."

NY Times obit here.

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  1. JD Salinger was such a big inspiration to me in high school. Particularly his short stories--"A Perfect Day for Banana Fish" and "For Esme With Love and Squalor."

    R.I.P. sir.

    Posted by: Alex | Jan 28, 2010 1:24:18 PM

  2. Holy crap! I love Salinger.

    There's a long established belief among the literati that he's been writing all these years, and upon his death we're going to discover a wealth of great literature.

    Posted by: crispy | Jan 28, 2010 1:28:48 PM

  3. They die so young...

    Posted by: TANK | Jan 28, 2010 1:29:13 PM

  4. Well, it's not like he was busy producing any more insipid literature.

    Posted by: Focus | Jan 28, 2010 1:37:24 PM

  5. He was a total misanthrope and a perv. Still, that old coot, back in his day, could really write some beautiful sentences.

    Posted by: LD | Jan 28, 2010 1:40:58 PM

  6. Catcher in the Rye and (I almost hate to say it) Lord of the Rings (long, long before it was a movie) are two of the first books I remember reading.

    Posted by: Butch | Jan 28, 2010 1:52:06 PM

  7. Yesterday, Howard Zinn... Today, JD Salinger... who will it be tomorrow??

    Posted by: wstsidelad | Jan 28, 2010 2:36:54 PM

  8. I also loved "For Esme with Love and Squalor." One of my best friends in high school went to on to name his first child (a daughter) Esme, the story also so affected him.

    Posted by: Derek Pearce | Jan 28, 2010 2:38:33 PM

  9. Hands down- one of the most important American writers of the last century. This book itself, is life changing.

    Posted by: ED2 | Jan 28, 2010 2:48:08 PM

  10. Mr. Antolini anyone?

    Posted by: Giovanni | Jan 28, 2010 7:26:23 PM

  11. Tank. That was hilarious. I am still crying from the laughing.

    Posted by: rick | Jan 28, 2010 11:46:02 PM

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