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J. D. Salinger

Salinger in 1950
Salinger in 1950

Born

Jerome David SalingerJanuary 1, 1919 Manhattan, New York, U.S.

Died

January 27, 2010 Cornish, New Hampshire, U.S.

Occupation

Writer

Education

New York UniversityUrsinus CollegeColumbia University

Notable works

The Catcher in the RyeNine StoriesRaise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An IntroductionFranny and Zooey

Spouse

Sylvia Welter ( m.  1945; div.  1947)
Claire Douglas ( m.  1955; div.  1967)
Colleen O'Neill ( m.  1988)

Children

Margaret SalingerMatt Salinger

Signature

Jerome David Salinger was an American writer known for his widely read novel, The Catcher in the Rye. Following his early success publishing short stories and The Catcher in the Rye, Salinger led a very private life for more than a half-century. He published his final work in 1965, and gave his last interview in 1980.

Salinger was raised in Manhattan and began writing short stories while in secondary school. Several were published in Story magazine in the early 1940s before he began serving in World War II. In 1948, his critically acclaimed story "A Perfect Day for Bananafish" appeared in The New Yorker magazine, which became home to much of his later work. The Catcher in the Rye was published in 1951 and became an immediate popular success. His depiction of adolescent alienation and loss of innocence in the protagonist Holden Caulfield was influential, especially among adolescent readers. The novel remains widely read and controversial, selling around 250,000 copies a year.

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