The author of the 1951 novel The Catcher and the Rye has died. This not only touches those who have read his works but those who were inspired to become writers through his works, including myself.
J. D. Salinger began submitting material to The New Yorker in 1941. However, Lunch for Three, Monologue for a Watery Highball and I Went to School with Adolf Hitler were all rejected. Later that year The New Yorker accepted Slight Rebellion of Madison. In Slight Rebellion of Madison the main teen character named Holden Caulfield had pre-war jitters.
Hold that thought! Slight Rebellion of Madison had everything to do with The Catcher in the Rye as you will read.
Considering J. D. Salinger’s Slight Rebellion of Madison had been submitted during the time of World War II the story proved to fit the global events unfolding. However, at that time it was dubbed as unpublished.
Salinger was drafted into the Army during World War II where he met with famous Ernest Hemingway as this proved to be a great point in Salinger’s life. It inspired him to explore, continue writing within true form.
Did you know that J. D. Salinger was in the counter-intelligence division of the war where he had to interrogate war prisoners? It’s true. Many contribute some of his writing as a past mirror.
Salinger continued to write stories that captured the imagination. Some worked out, others did not. If you can recall a Slight Rebellion of Madison then you knew exactly where The Catcher in the Rye extended from.
J. D. Salinger released The Catcher in the Rye during 1951, a story surrounding 17-year-old Holden Caulfield’s New York experience. But this was not just your everyday ordinary story. The narration grasped the reader’s mind as the details skimmed reality on avenues with plenty of curse words attached that most wouldn’t have spoken during the time of it’s release.
The novel gained positive and negative views but within two months became a success as it was reprinted 8 times along with being on New York Times Bestsellers list for 30 weeks. Although The Catcher in the Rye had been banned from some countries and those who were fans of the book itself were known as a part of the “Catcher Cult”, it’s popularity grew.
Time would prove that The Catcher in the Rye will live on as long as someone owns a copy. Even though in 1979 teachers were fired due to using The Catcher in the Rye in lessons, later it was much of the opposite. During 2004 J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye sold more than 250,000 copies proving J. D. Salinger’s creative skills a mark of literary genius. In the year 2009 The Catcher in the Rye still remains one of the best novels of all time by American author J. D. Salinger.
So, today we honor the memory of J. D. Salinger for his creative skills displayed through The Catcher in the Rye as he offered inspiration to other writers to continue submitting material in hopes to one day make their mark in the world of literary success. Remember, J. D. Salinger’s works were rejected at first but it never stopped him from what he loved most, writing.
J. D. Salinger inspired one of my stories called Dragonfly Chronicles.
Jerome David “J. D.” Salinger died yesterday of natural causes in his New Hampshire home at the age of 91. Even though it is the end of his life, J. D. Salinger shall always live on through his works, especially The Catcher in the Rye.
J. D. Salinger