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    'Catcher in the Rye' author J.D. Salinger dies

    NEW YORK J.D. Salinger, the legendary author, youth hero and fugitive from fame whose "The Catcher in the Rye" shocked and inspired a world he increasingly shunned, has died. He was 91.

    Salinger died of natural causes at his home on Wednesday, the author's son said in a statement from Salinger's literary representative. He had lived for decades in self-imposed isolation in the small, remote house in Cornish, N.H.

    "The Catcher in the Rye," with its immortal teenage protagonist, the twisted, rebellious Holden Caulfield, came out in 1951, a time of anxious, Cold War conformity and the dawn of modern adolescence. The Book-of-the-Month Club, which made "Catcher" a featured selection, advised that for "anyone who has ever brought up a son" the novel will be "a source of wonder and delight and concern."

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    It's unfortunate that he died. 'Catcher in the Rye' is one of my favorite books. At least he lived a long life.

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    Re: 'Catcher in the Rye' author J.D. Salinger dies

    Mark David Chapman's shooting of John Lennon, John Hinckley, Jr.'s assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan, Robert John Bardo's shooting of Rebecca Schaeffer and other murders have also been associated with the novel.[35] [36]

    [ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Catcher_in_the_Rye]The Catcher in the Rye - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]

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    Re: 'Catcher in the Rye' author J.D. Salinger dies

    I don't think that changes the fact that it's a good book. Psychotic people get inspired by a lot of things.

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    Re: 'Catcher in the Rye' author J.D. Salinger dies

    In the Eisenhower era, people were conformists. Salinger broke that conformity in a big way, when he wrote Catcher in the Rye. He will be remembered as, not only a literary genius, but also one of the first modern American writers to popularize what is known as the anti-hero.

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    Re: 'Catcher in the Rye' author J.D. Salinger dies

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr_Patrick View Post
    It's unfortunate that he died. 'Catcher in the Rye' is one of my favorite books. At least he lived a long life.
    In the ninth grade, I did a book review for his story A perfect Day for Bananafish which so blew me away I read everything he ever wrote before the end of the year. The man had talent like very few others.
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    Re: 'Catcher in the Rye' author J.D. Salinger dies

    His pretty skimpy looking books have inspired me in so many ways. I used to offer them to anyone who reads and runs. A few years ago I even bought a copy of Franny and Zooey as a gift for my psychoanalyst
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    Re: 'Catcher in the Rye' author J.D. Salinger dies

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    In the ninth grade, I did a book review for his story A perfect Day for Bananafish which so blew me away I read everything he ever wrote before the end of the year. The man had talent like very few others.
    I agree. I read "Catcher in the Rye" in 10th grade English and immediately had to read everything else that he had written.
    "9 Stories" is still one of my favorites....
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    Re: 'Catcher in the Rye' author J.D. Salinger dies

    This was either my second or third favorite book that I had to read in high school. There was just something about The Great Gatsby that made it number one.

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    Re: 'Catcher in the Rye' author J.D. Salinger dies

    Quote Originally Posted by disneydude View Post
    I agree. I read "Catcher in the Rye" in 10th grade English and immediately had to read everything else that he had written.
    "9 Stories" is still one of my favorites....
    I went 9 Stories first(obviously), then Franny and Zooey, then the rest.
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