The Catcher in the Rye was the first book that I have read in my life. I guess it was about three years ago when I enjoyed flipping the pages of the book, eager to find out what’s next in Holden Caulfield’s list of rants. Many are saying Holden Caulfield was a mere reflection of J.D. Salinger. I think for some reasons, Salinger wrote the book and the character in this way for the purpose of unleashing some of his views in life.
One of the most celebrated novelists of all time, J.D. Salinger, has passed away. According to his family, he died of natural causes. Salinger was born and raised in Manhattan, New York. During secondary school, he started making short stories. Early in the 1940’s, Salinger was able to publish several stories. In 1951, Salinger’s most popular novel, the Catcher in the Rye was published. Salinger used his main character, Holden Caulfield, as a symbolism of loss of innocence and and adolescent alienation. Until now, the novel remains controversial and widely read especially in American classrooms. Salinger didn’t want the attention and fame that he has acquired following the release of Catcher in the Rye. He preferred to preserve his privacy. Salinger formed a relationship with 18-year-old Joyce Maynard, who was a writer in Seventeen magazine. Salinger was already 53-years-old that time.
J.D. Salinger, at 91, died at his home in New Hampshire. Many are wondering today if there are still unpublished works of J.D. Salinger hidden in his property with his family. This is yet to be confirmed but if this were true, people will be looking forward to all his works. Perhaps there’s another Catcher in the Rye luriking in the dark, waiting to be published.