My short answer is no. The Catcher in the Rye has appealed to adolescents for decades, for precisely the reasons it will continue to do so for decades more. Salinger created a character that, for many, speaks beyond issues of class, race, time, place, and even gender (although my best friend was upset after reading it in high school, saying she was tired of boys' journeys). Although teens now have Ipods, Facebook, Twitter, texting, and whatever else to keep them busy, there's always a magical moment when one of my students reads The Catcher in the Rye for the first time. There's a search for identity there that most readers recognize, especially adolescents, and it doesn't seem to matter that Salinger's other books don't quite compare, or that there was never a "continuing saga of Holden Caulfield." For Holden Caulfield to die because Salinger is gone, would mean that any great works whose authors have died have now lost something essential. And I simply don;t think that's true. Great literature lives on-that's what makes it great.