J. D. Salinger R.I.P.

J. D. Salinger, author of “Catcher in the Rye” has passed away of natural causes according to his son. Now I will have to read the book. Blessed Be

J.D. Salinger, the legendary author, youth hero and fugitive from fame whose “The Catcher in the Rye” shocked and inspired a world he increasingly shunned, has died. He was 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.”

h/t TPM

2 comments

    • TMC on January 28, 2010 at 8:01 pm
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    May the Goddess guide him on his journey to the Summerlands. May his family and friends find Peace.  

  1. “A Young Girl In 1941 With No Waist At All,” by Salinger, on whom Terrence Mann was based.  “Field of Dreams” is my favorite movie.

    My favorite Salinger quote:

    I am a kind of paranoiac in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy.

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