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Author Series: J.D. Salinger

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The author who was famous for not wanting to be famous, J.D. Salinger, is also one of the most notable American writers. Author of the instant cult class novel, The Catcher in the Rye, Salinger lead a reclusive, yet prestigious writing career until his death on January 27, 2010.

At the age of 91, he died in Cornish, New Hampshire after publishing many notable works of fiction featured in literary magazines like The New Yorker. Despite his notoriety, Jerome David Salinger enjoyed his privacy and moved from his native New York City to New Hampshire after the early success of his first novel, The Catcher in the Rye.

Like the main character of Catcher, Holden Caulfield, Salinger attended private schools as a teen. He later attended a military academy in Pennsylvania and after some bouncing around at colleges he was drafted by the U.S. Army where he fought in World War II.

J.D. Salinger faced legal conflicts to preserve his private life of seclusion. He didn’t accept fan mail, he snubbed media attention and when people attempted to publish biographies of his life, he refused to let them. However, Salinger remained an important and beloved figure — connecting with teens and readers in a unique way often compared to greats like Mark Twain and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

J.D. Salinger

Get the details on the reclusive writer who defined a generation with his fiction.

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