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  • J.D. Salinger R.I.P.

    Fri, 29 Jan 2010 04:07

    J.D. Salinger, who shocked one generation and inspired another with a classic novel of teenage rebellion, died yesterday at home in New Hampshire, aged 91.

    This from the Guardian:

    The writer, who avoided publicity and did not publish an original work over the past 45 years, was the creator of Holden Caulfield, the delinquent, alienated antihero of The Catcher in the Rye, which became required reading for generations of teenagers after its publication in 1951.

    But in recent years his reputation was tarnished by two accounts, one by a former lover and the other by one of Salinger's daughters, who painted him as a controlling and unpleasant eccentric.

    The Catcher in the Rye was praised by the New York Times on publication as "an unusually brilliant first novel". But while an instant hit with many, who related to its tale of adolescent angst and adult hypocrisy, it was met with alarm in other quarters. Some school boards made it required reading. Others banned it amid protests from parents over swearing -- including the frequent use of "goddam" and, more rarely, "fuck" -- as well as the bad example they believed Caulfield set (more...)

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