- J. D. Salinger (Dictionary of World Biography: The 20th Century)
- J. D. Salinger (Identities & Issues in Literature)
- J. D. Salinger (Critical Survey of Long Fiction, Fourth Edition)
- J. D. Salinger (Critical Survey of Short Fiction, Second Revised Edition)
- J. D. Salinger (Cyclopedia of World Authors, Fourth Revised Edition)
At a glance:
- Author: J. D. Salinger
- First Published: 1951
- Type of Work: Novel
- Genres: Long fiction, Psychological fiction, Social realism, Bildungsroman, Novel
- Subjects: Maturation or coming of age, Family or family life, New York, North America or North Americans, Northeast, U.S., United States or Americans, Adolescence, Sex or sexuality, New York City, 1940's, Alienation, Friendship, Brothers and sisters, Mental illness, Truthfulness and falsehood, Students or student life, Psychiatry or psychiatrists, Private schools
- Locales: United States, Pennsylvania, North America, New York, New York
The Catcher in the Rye, Salinger’s only full-length novel, is the work that made him famous and for which he is remembered by high school and college students throughout America and much of the world. It has been translated into nearly every major language and continues to be assigned reading in many high school and college classrooms (though it has also been banned from many high school classrooms for allegedly obscene language and sexual situations). Its utterly convincing portrayal of the thoughts, words, and feelings of a troubled adolescent has...
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