Author J.D. Salinger Passed Away, Aged 91

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Salinger in 1950


The Associated Press on Wednesday reported J.D. Salinger, author of The Catcher in the Rye, died at his home in Cornish, New Hamshire at the age of 91. His son said that he died of natural causes.

Salinger was born on January 1, 1919 in Manhattan. His father was a Jewish cheese salesman while his mother was an Irish-Scottish woman. At the age of 15, Salinger started his writing career at night using pen names after attending Valley Forge Military Academy. Salinger's first story "The Young Folks" was published in 1940 when he was only 21. The story satirizes the selfish concerns of a pair of young adults at a party and the festering shallowness of their lives. From 1942 to 1946, Salinger joined the Army but still persisted with his writing.


In 1951, Salinger published his most well-known novel "The Catcher in the Rye". Catcher was created basing on Salinger's previous story "Slight Rebellion Off Madison" which was published in 1946 by the New Yorker. The novel quickly became popular with American adolescents and adults for its scheme of rebellion. About 250,000 copies of the novel are sold per year and more than sixty-five million dollars gained from the story.

Some other stories of Salinger were "Nine Stories" (1954), "Raise High the Roof-Beam, Carpenters" (1955), "Seymour: An Introduction" (1959), Franny and Zooey (1961).

J.D. Salinger got married three times. He separated from his first wife Sylvia Welter in the mid 1940s. In 1055, he married Claire Douglas and had two children Margaret and Mathew. However, the talented writer did not have complete happiness with his second wife. In 1980s, Salinger married Colleen O'Neill.

Salinger's last days were in New Hamshire where he isolated himself from the outside world and literary agents.

In 1965, the New Yorker published his last work "Hapworth16, 1924". He gave his last interview in 1980.



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This article was published on 2010/01/30