Goodbye, Mr. Salinger

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J.D. Salinger died today.  He was 91.  His first book, pictured above, was published in 1951.  Some think of it as one of the greatest books ever written – others think of it as a distant high school homework assignment.  If you know what I’m talking about, I’m talking to you.

Shortly after “Catcher’s” publication, Mr. Salinger fled New York City and his fame and became a recluse in a small New England town.  In over 50-years, he never again spoke a word in public.

3 Responses to “Goodbye, Mr. Salinger”

  1. Steve says:

    I “discovered” him later in life. I never read “Catcher” in High School, and I have to admit, Mark David Chapman tainted the whole JD Salinger thing for me, until a couple of years ago, when I finally read it, along with “Franny and Zoey” and “Nine Stories”.
    Would’ve been nice if he had written more.
    There was a recent lawsuit, someone else tried to write a book based on Haulden, or something like that (you can use The Googly-Googles).
    interesting, minds like his, or Harper Lee, great minds who just seem to put these masterpieces out there, then just retreat from society. Like, at one point did they say to themselves…”Man, I am going to write a GREAT book, and then I! Am! Outta! Here!”
    Which, to be honest, if I could do it…: – )

  2. amy stahl says:

    My kind of guy.

  3. Joe Bele-Isle says:

    Well now I’m going to have to read it and wonder. What was it about my time spent in school and my countries ideals of the day that steered me away from a book that is famous, and what made it famous. Something you can’t tell me but in high school someone did, the wrong way.

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