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J.D. Salinger is dead, but 'Catcher in the Rye' lives on. How did the book affect you?



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Times Book Editor Colette Bancroft writes: "Famous for a single novel and for spending half a century as a recluse, J.D. Salinger, who died Wednesday, might best be remembered for inventing the American teenager."

The New York Times wrote: "Though not everyone, teachers and librarians especially, was sure what to make of it, Catcher in the Rye became an almost immediate best seller, and its narrator and main character, Holden Caulfield, a teenager newly expelled from prep school, became America’s best-known literary truant since Huckleberry Finn.

How do you remember J.D. Salinger's novel and, of course, Holden Caulfield?

J.D. SALINGER: The author of Catcher in the Rye published 13 short stories in the New Yorker magazine between 1946 and 1965. The New Yorker has put those stories online. Esquire magazine has put two Salinger stories online.

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