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Bloom, Harold, ed. Holden Caulfield. New York: Chelsea House, 1990.
Grunwald, Henry Anatole, ed. Salinger: A Critical and Personal Portrait. New York: Har-per & Row, 1962. Contains two important articles on The Catcher in the Rye. One deals with Holden Caulfield as an heir of Huck Finn; the other is a study of the novel’s language.
Laser, Marvin, and Norman Fruman, eds. Studies in J. D. Salinger: Reviews, Essays, and Critiques of “The Catcher in the Rye” and Other Fiction. New York: Odyssey Press, 1963. Includes an intriguing essay by a German, Hans Bungert, another by a Russian writer, and one of the best structural interpretations of the novel, by Carl F. Strauch.
Marsden, Malcolm M., ed. If You Really Want to Know: A “Catcher” Casebook. Glenview, Ill.: Scott, Foresman, 1963. Contains reviews of the original publication of the novel. Examines Holden from opposing points of view, as “saint or psychotic.”
Pinsker, Sanford. “The Catcher in the Rye”: Innocence Under Pressure. Boston: Twayne, 1993. A sustained study of the novel. Contains a helpful section on the body of critical literature on the novel.
Salzberg, Joel, ed. Critical Essays on Salinger’s “The Catcher in the Rye.” Boston: G. K. Hall, 1990.
Salzman, Jack, ed. New Essays on “The Catcher in the Rye.” Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1991. Provides an unusual sociological reading of the novel as well as an essay that firmly places the novel in American literary history.
Steinle, Pamela Hunt. “The Catcher in the Rye” Censorship Controversies and Postwar American Character. A study of the impact of the novel on its release during a nervous period in American social history.
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Bloom, Harold, ed. Holden Caulfield. New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1990.
Bryan, James. "The Psychological Stucture of The Catcher in the Rye." In PMLA: Publications of the Modern Language Association, Vol. 89, no. 5, 1974, pp. 1065-74.
Burger, Nash K. "Books of The Times." In New York Times, July 16, 1951, p. 19.
Engle, Paul. "Honest Tale of Distraught Adolescent." In Chicago Sunday Tribune Magazine of Books, July 15, 1951, p. 3.
Faulkner, William. "A Word to Young Writers." In Faulkner in the University: Class Conferences at the University of Virginia 1957-1958, edited by Frederick L. Gwynn and Joseph L. Blotner. University of Virginia Press, 1959, pp. 244-15.
French, Warren. J. D. Salinger, Revisited. Boston: Twayne Publishers, Inc., 1988.
———. J. D. Salinger. New York: Twayne Publishers, Inc., 1963.
Green, Martin. Re-Appraisals: Some Commonsense Readings in American Literature. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1963.
Grunwald, Henry Anatole, ed. Salinger: A Critical and Personal Portrait. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1962.
Gwynn, Frederick, and Joseph L. Blotner. The Fiction of J. D. Salinger. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1958.
Hamilton, Ian. In Search of J. D. Salinger. New York: Random House, 1988.
Hamilton, Kenneth. J. D. Salinger: A Critical Essay. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1967.
Laser, Marvin, and Norman Fruman. Studies in J. D. Salinger: Reviews, Essays, and Critiques of The Catcher in the Rye and Other Fiction. New York: The Odyssey Press, 1963.
Longstreth, T. Morris. "New Novels in the News." In Christian Science Monitor, July 19, 1951, p. 11.
Miller, James E., Jr. J. D. Salinger. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1965.
For Further Study
Baumbach, Jonathan. "The Saint as a Young Man: A Reappraisal of The Catcher in the Rye." In Modern Language Quarterly, Vol. 25, no. 4, December, 1964, pp. 461-72. This defense of The Catcher in the Rye valorizes Holden's childlike innocence as a form of saintly idealism.
Bloom, Harold. "Introduction." In Major Literary Characters, edited by Harold Bloom. Chelsea House, 1996, pp. 1-4. A general analysis of the character Holden Caulfield which situates him relative to other literary figures.
Costello, Donald P. "The Language of The Catcher in the Rye." In American Speech, Vol. 34, no. 3, October, 1959, pp. 172-81. An analysis of how Salinger's use of language realistically portrays American teenage slang during the 1950s.
Edwards, Duane. "Holden Caulfield: Don't Ever Tell Anybody Anything." In English Literary History, Vol. 44, no. 3, Fall, 1977, pp. 556-67. This analysis of the character of Holden Caulfield emphasizes how Holden is an ironic character who exemplifies the same kind of phoniness that he criticizes in others.
French, Warren. J. D. Salinger, Revisited. Twayne Publishers, 1988. This book provides an overview of Salinger's life and fiction, and one of its chapters also contains an excellent introduction to the themes and issues raised in The Catcher in the Rye.
Furst, Lilian. "Dostoyevsky's Notes from Underground and Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye." In Canadian Review of Comparative Literature, Vol. 5, no. 1, Winter, 1978, pp. 72-85. An analysis of parallels between The Catcher in the Rye and Dostoyevsky's Notes from Underground.
Heiserman, Arthur, and James E. Miller, Jr. "J. D. Salinger: Some Crazy Cliff." In Western Humanities Review, Vol. 10, no. 2, Spring, 1956, pp. 129-37. An analysis of The Catcher in the Rye which shows how it belongs to the western literary tradition of epic quest narratives.
Howell, John M. "Salinger in the Waste Land." In Critical Essays on J. D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, edited by Joel Salzberg. G. K. Hall & Co., 1990, pp. 85-91. An analysis of parallels between The Catcher in the Rye and T. S. Eliot's poetry.
Kaplan, Charles. "Holden and Huck: The Odysseys of Youth." In College English, Vol. 18, no. 2, November, 1956, pp. 76-80. A comparison of The Catcher in the Rye to Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn.
Lee, Robert A. "'Flunking Everything Else Except English Anyway': Holden Caulfield, Author." In Critical Essays on J. D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, edited by Joel Salzberg. G. K. Hall & Co., 1990, pp. 185-97. An analysis of Holden's character which focuses on his artistic creativity.
Ohmann, Carol, and Richard Ohmann. "Reviewers, Critics, and The Catcher in the Rye." In Critical Inquiry, Vol. 3, no. 1, Autumn, 1976, pp. 15-37. A Marxist analysis of how capitalist social and economic strategies influence the development of Holden's character.
Salzman, Jack. "Introduction." In New Essays on The Catcher in the Rye, edited by Jack Salzman. Cambridge University Press, 1991, pp. 1-22. An overview of critical interpretations of The Catcher in the Rye.
Schriber, Mary Suzanne. "Holden Caulfield, C'est Moi." In Critical Essays on J. D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, edited by Joel Salzberg. G. K. Hall & Co., 1990, pp. 226-38. A feminist analysis of the critical reception of The Catcher in the Rye which argues that male critics inflate the significance of the novel because they identify with Holden as a representation of their own male adolescence and because they ignore female perspectives.
Weinberg, Helen. The New Novel in America: The Kafkan Mode in Contemporary Fiction. Cornell University Press, 1970. An analysis of parallels between The Catcher in the Rye and Franz Kafka's fiction.
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Alsen, Eberhard. Salinger's Glass Stories as a Composite Novel. Troy, NY: Whitson Publishing, 1983. A recent, illuminating analysis of all Salinger's books.
Beacham, Walton, ed. Research Guide to Biography and Criticism. Washington, DC: Beacham Publishing, 1985. A useful factual compendium, the article on Salinger is brief but very useful as a research tool.
Bruni, Domenic. "J. D. Salinger." In Critical Survey of Long Fiction, edited by Frank N. Magill. Vol. 6. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Salem Press, 1983. This entry contains a brief biography of Salinger and a good discussion of The Catcher in the Rye.
French, Warren. J. D. Salinger. 1963. Reprint. Boston: Twayne, 1976. Solid biographical information and thorough, astute analyses of Salinger's books.
Galloway, David D. The Absurd Hero in American Fiction. 1966. Reprint. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1970. A fine analysis of Salinger's fiction as an expression of the major intellectual and literary spirit of the post-World War II era. Galloway discusses existentialism and religious doubt and Salinger's response to his time. The book contains a very useful chronological bibliography tracking publications by and about Salinger.
Hamilton, Ian. In Search of J. D. Salinger. New York: Random House, 1988. This is the most recent and thorough documentation of Salinger's biography. It provides a historical and biographical analysis of Salinger's books and stories as well as insight into the legal problems involved with publication about Salinger.
Hamilton, Kenneth. J. D. Salinger: A Critical Essay. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdman's, 1967. This is a serious, informative analysis of Salinger's art as a search for religious meaning in modern time.
Laser, Marvin, and Norman Fruman, eds. Studies in J. D. Salinger: Reviews, Essays, and Critiques. New York: Odyssey Press, 1963. A collection of articles that illustrate the critical and scholarly reception of Salinger's books and the public's fascination with the author in the 1950s and early 1960s.
Lundquist, James. J. D. Salinger. New York: Ungar, 1979. This volume is a short critical biography in a multi-volume series on major English language writers.
Miller, James E., Jr. J. D. Salinger. Pamphlets on American Writers No. 51. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1965. This is a short, but very useful, essay in an important series of studies on American writers.