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Salinger, J. D. Salinger, Jerome David Salinger(noun)
United States writer (born 1919)
J. D. Salinger
Jerome David "J. D." Salinger was an American writer. Living reclusively after much-noticed publications early in his career, he last published an original work in 1965, and gave his last interview in 1980. Raised in Manhattan, Salinger began writing short stories while in secondary school, and published several in Story magazine in the early 1940s before serving in World War II. In 1948, his critically acclaimed story "A Perfect Day for Bananafish" appeared in The New Yorker magazine, which became home to much of his later work. In 1951, his novel The Catcher in the Rye was an immediate popular success. His depiction of adolescent alienation and loss of innocence in the protagonist Holden Caulfield was influential, especially among adolescent readers. The novel remains widely read and controversial, selling around 250,000 copies a year. The success of The Catcher in the Rye led to public attention and scrutiny: Salinger became reclusive, publishing new work less frequently. He followed Catcher with a short story collection, Nine Stories, a volume containing a novella and a short story, Franny and Zooey, and a volume containing two novellas, Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction. His last published work, a novella entitled "Hapworth 16, 1924", appeared in The New Yorker on June 19, 1965.
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