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Jerome David Salinger (1919-2010) was born on New Year's Day in Manhattan's West Side of New York City, N. Y. His father, Sol Salinger, was a native of Lithuania and a Jew; his mother, Marie Jillich Salinger, was Irish-Catholic. She later

... changed her name to Miriam and passed as Jewish.

Salinger did not discover this fact until after his bar mitzvah. Salinger went to public school in Manhattan until enrolling in a private school in 1932. Salinger began writing as a teenager and his novel, The Catcher in the Rye (1951), became one of the most famous books of the second half of the 20th century.

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