The events he narrates take place in the few days between the end of the fall school term and Christmas, when Holden is sixteen years old. At Pencey, he has failed four out of five of his classes and has received notice that he is being expelled, but he is not scheduled to return home to Manhattan until Wednesday.
He was soon to move to Cornish, New Hampshire, where he became ever more reclusive. Holden, the opposite of Huck, is an unhappy rich boy who has done a bunk from his posh secondary school, Pencey Prep, in Agerstown, Pennsylvania.
Holden is tortured by the battle to come to terms with himself, with his little sister Phoebe, and their dead brother Allie. Salinger had fought in Europe as an infantryman, after landing at Utah Beach on D-day, and later saw action at the Battle of the Bulge.
The Catcher in the Rye remains the crazy, and often very funny, distorting mirror in which generations of British and American teenagers will examine themselves. Eventually, it was published on 16 Julyby Little, Brown in Boston, with a famous, award-winning cover designed by E Michael Mitchell.
Salinger had been working towards his masterpiece, in sketches and drafts, for a decade and more. Some of his earliest short stories, written as a student, contain characters reminiscent of those in The Catcher in the Rye. After the outbreak of war, in which Salinger served as an infantryman, the piece was considered unpatriotic and did not get published until December Another long story about Holden Caulfield was accepted by the New Yorker for publication, although it never appeared.
The Catcher in the Rye continues to hold its place as the defining novel of teenage angst and alienation. Apart from this novel, Salinger published just one collection of stories and two short books about the Glass family see belowwhich some readers prefer.
However, between andThe Catcher in the Rye became more studied in the high schools and libraries of the United States than any other novel. Byit was the second most taught book in the United States. Salinger himself remained sequestered from the world in New Hampshire.Born on January 1, , in New York, J.D.
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Salinger's novel is a wake-up call to all teenagers and in a sense, is an inspiring read because it sends out the message that we should all remain hopeful and true to ourselves.