J. D. Salinger: The Catcher in the Rye and Other Works

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Children's Literature - Julia Beiker
Noted author and now recluse J.D Salinger, born Jerome David Salinger, grew up having a privileged life in New York City, even though parts of the city forbid his entrance as they did all Jews, Catholics, and dogs. Even though only part Jewish, the restrictions impacted his life to the point of not signing as Jerome David any more. The times spelled trouble for this young man not yet touched by the hatred of the era until he put on his uniform and found out what was outside of the sanctuary he called home. While serving his time, his first love Oona O'Neill broke his heart when she married Charlie Chaplan; as his heart mended his writing flourished. He sold one short story after another and even had one adapted to the Hollywood movie, My Foolish Heart. What happened throughout his life helped in the creation of his most famous character, Holden Caulfield. The book, The Catcher in the Rye was published in 1951 and selected for book of the month club which ensured instant success. From the pages of J.D Salinger: The Catcher in the Rye and Other Works, the reader will discover how fate twisted and turned his world that eventually lead to his complete reclusion. Raychel Haugrud Reiff spent hours diving into the life of Mr. Salinger to present such a broad look at his life. I did find repetitions throughout the book and realized its true purpose was not to entertain, but the book should find the shelves of literary writers, English teachers, and lovers of Holden Caulfield. This book is part of the "Writers and Their Works." Reviewer: Julia Beiker
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761425946
  • Publisher: Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Series: Writers and Their Work Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 14 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     7
The Life of J.D. Salinger     9
Salinger's Times     44
The Catcher in the Rye     57
Salinger's Stories     83
Salinger's Place in Literature     104
Chronology     113
Works     123
Filmography and Other Rrecordings     125
Notes     128
Further Information     142
Bibliography     144
Index     154
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