J. D. Salinger

(b. 1919) American novelist and short-story writer

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(1919– ),

American novelist and short story writer, born in New York. He is best known for his novel The Catcher in the Rye (1951), the story of adolescent Holden Caulfield who runs away from boarding‐school in Pennsylvania to New York, where he preserves his innocence despite various attempts to lose it. Salinger's other works include Franny and Zooey (1961), two stories about two members of the eccentric Glass family; and two stories narrated by Buddy Glass appeared originally in the New Yorker and were published together as Raise High the Roof‐Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: an Introduction (1963).

Subjects: Literature.

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