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Cather in the Rye

Without a doubt, J.D. Salinger is one of the best twentieth-century America authors. He is best known for his book, Catcher in the Rye, a book about a seventeen-year-old teenager, struggling through his teenager years, falling into a depression and trying to understand the real world. The straightforward approach to his novel caused a hurricane of controversy in America. It was thefirst time an author, dared to tell it how it really is and tried to open America's eyes to understand the thoughts of a typical adolescent teenager. This straightforward, simple read is nonetheless used in many schools today for its rich content of symbolism and truthfulness. This book has had a huge impact on teenagers all over the world.1
The story of J.D. Salinger's life begins on January 1, 1919 in New York City. He was born into a wealthy family; his father was a Jewish cheese importer.2 Salinger attended many prep schools. This is where he wasfirst inspired to become a writer. In his quest to become a writer he wrote many short stories, many of which were never published.3 In his later years, Salinger joined the military. He participated in World War II where he became emotionally distraught and sought psychiatric help. Mostly due to the fact that he was half Jewish and witnessed the brutally that Jews were experiencing in Germany. Ironically, he would never write about his involvement in the military or his Jewish descent.4 Upon his return home, he attended college and met his soon to be wife Sylvia. However, the marriage did not last, and after the divorce, Salinger began to seriously write. He began practicing a life of seclusion and Buddhism. He published a few stories during that time period, but his claim to fame did not occur, until after the publication of the Catcher in the Rye.5
After the publication of the Catcher in the Rye, the book drew in a wide range of recognition mostly, because of its time of release. The novel…


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