Thursday, January 28, 2010

J.D. Salinger: Catcher In The Rye: Gone At 91

Born: 1st January, 1919
Died:  27 January, 2010

Author of The Catcher in the Rye, has passed on. J. D. Salinger who is one of the most important American writers to emerge since World War II but who then turned his back on success, has died in Cornish, New Hampshire. He was 91.

He lived in seclusion for more than 50 years. His books include: Nine Stories, Franny and Zooey, and Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour - An Introduction.

He can be remembered by many students of English Literature in Singapore because Catcher is a must-read for most. Internationally well-known this book, which has sold 60 million copies so far, is hardly available in our libraries. Perhaps there should be more copies on the shelves?

Anyone written a thesis on Salinger and wishes to share it? Do write in.


John Lennon's killer Mark Chapman was holding a copy of Catcher when the police went to the scene of the murder.

Photographer: Antony di Gesu.

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