Catcher in the Rye author J D Salinger dies at 91

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J.D. Salinger will best be remembered for his infamous book with the red cover - The Catcher in the Rye. Salinger passed away on Wednesday at the age of 91. The novelist died of natural causes at his home on Wednesday, according to a statement from Salinger’s literary representative. He had lived for many years house in Cornish, New Hampshire.

Jerome David (J.D.)Salinger's 1951 novel The Catcher in the Rye was his most notable work. When it was released in 1951, it became an instant success. The main character, Holden Caulfield, became an icon for teenage rebellion. Salinger depiction of the angst, loss of innocence and alienation made the book very controversial. Still, it sells around 250,000 copies each year.

J.D. Salinger's book, The Catcher in the Rye, has been listed as one of the best novels of the 20th century. It has never been without controversy and over the years many schools have sought to ban it due to those who think the character, Holden Caulfield, is a poor role model for teens who read the book. In 1981, it was both the most censored book and the second most taught book in public schools in the United States.

Salinger lived most of his life as a recluse. His last original published work, a novella entitled "Hapworth 16, 1924," appeared in The New Yorker on June 19, 1965. The last interview he granted was in 1980.

Salinger married Claire Douglas,in 1955. They had two children, Margaret and Matthew. Their marriage ended in divorce in 1967. Salinger's daughter, Margaret wrote in her memoir, Dream Catcher, that her mother was made to be a virtual prisoner by her husband, J.D. Salinger.

Salinger’s allegedly adored children but it's questionable if he felt that way about his own two. Daughter Margaret Salinger’s “Dreamcatcher” portrayed the writer as an unpleasant recluse who drank his own urine and spoke in tongues. She reportedly wrote the book because she was "absolutely determined not to repeat with my son what had been done with me."

J.D. Salinger died on January 27 in the small home in Cornish, NH where he lived his self-imposed reclusive lifestyle.

Written by Cheryl Phillips

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