Young Readers Embrace The Catcher in the Rye (Great Events from History II: Arts and Culture Series)
Article abstract: J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye popularized the rebellious but sensitive young protagonist, providing a different kind of role model for the disillusioned youth of the 1950’s.
Summary of Event
The Catcher in the Rye was published on July 16, 1951. Reviewing it on the day of publication, The New York Times called it “an unusually brilliant first novel.” The Saturday Review praised it as remarkable, and the Chicago Tribune found it “engaging and believable.” Although not all reviews were so favorable, the book climbed to number four on The New York Times best-seller list and stayed on the list for almost thirty weeks.
The literary impact of J. D. Salinger’s first (and only) novel was not immediately predictable. Not until the mid-1950’s did The Catcher in the Rye become a talisman for disaffected adolescents on college campuses across America. Since then, it alternately has enjoyed the dubious distinction of being the book most often banned in schools as well as being required reading in freshman English classes. Innumerable essays have analyzed and psychoanalyzed the personality of the protagonist, Holden Caulfield, but despite any conclusions drawn by literary critics or Parent-Teacher Associations, The Catcher in the Rye continues to reach out and affect adolescents going through the turmoil of growing...
(The entire section is 2245 words.)
Show us the love and view this for free! Use the facebook like button, or any other share button on this page, and get this content free!free!
Want to Read More?
Subscribe now to read the rest of this article. Plus get complete access to 30,000+ study guides!