It is with a heavy heart that LT found out today that famed Catcher in the Rye author J.D. Salinger died at the age of 91 of natural causes in his New Hampshire home.
Catcher in the Rye is the novel that defined adolescent angst for so many high school students in the US. Published in 1951, the book became a literary staple in classrooms as well as in the hearts of American readers.
Salinger lived a reclusive life in the town of Cornish, New Hampshire, refusing interview requests and publicity. He also gave up publishing his writing, since he hadn’t published a story since 1965.
Salinger, however, came out of hiding in 2009 through attorneys to sue an author who wrote a continuation novel about Holden Caulfield’s life sixty years after the original book took place. Salinger and his onslaught of attorneys sued the writer in defense of copyright and won. Publication of the sequel has been banned in the US.
As we say goodbye to one of the most brilliant novelists of all time, take a look our Holden Caulfield-inspired LT article published in 2007 entitled: Holden Caulfield in Winter Manhattan.
Rest in peace J.D. Salinger . . .
Jennifer, Network Editorial Director