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  • J.D. Salinger dies aged 91

    Fri, 29 Jan 2010 04:24

    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 New York Times:

    J. D. Salinger, who was thought at one time to be the most important American writer to emerge since World War II but who then turned his back on success and adulation, becoming the Garbo of letters, famous for not wanting to be famous, died on Wednesday at his home in Cornish, N.H., where he had lived in seclusion for more than 50 years. He was 91.

    Mr. Salinger's literary representative, Harold Ober Associates, announced the death, saying it was of natural causes. "Despite having broken his hip in May," the agency said, "his health had been excellent until a rather sudden decline after the new year. He was not in any pain before or at the time of his death."

    Mr. Salinger's literary reputation rests on a slender but enormously influential body of published work: the novel The Catcher in the Rye, the collection Nine Stories and two compilations, each with two long stories about the fictional Glass family: Franny and Zooey and Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction.

    Catcher was published in 1951, and its very first sentence, distantly echoing Mark Twain, struck a brash new note in American literature (more...)

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