r.i.p. J. D. Salinger

January 28, 2010

a man who had an enormous impact on teens and adults alike has died of a heart attack at the age of 91.

Enraged by all the “phonies” who make “me so depressed I go crazy,” Holden soon became American literature’s most famous anti-hero since Huckleberry Finn. The novel’s sales are astonishing – more than 60 million copies worldwide – and its impact incalculable. Decades after publication, the book remains a defining expression of that most American of dreams: to never grow up.

Salinger spent most of his life in isolation in his New Hampshire home building quite the reputation as an eccentric recluse.

posting by marin


2 Responses to “r.i.p. J. D. Salinger”

  1. David Says:

    Darn, there goes my Halloween costume (I’ve been J D Salinger for many years). Looks like it’s time to find my Thomas Pynchon costume.

  2. Nancy Says:

    His finest work? Without a doubt, it’s Nine Stories – too often overlooked.

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