The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

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dc.title The Catcher in the Rye
dc.creator Salinger, J.D. (Jerome David), 1919-2010
dc.subject Caulfield, Holden (Fictitious character)- Fiction.; Runaway teenagers- Fiction.; New York (N.Y.)- Fiction. LCSH
dc.description Anyone who has read J.D. Salinger’s New Yorker stories–particularly A Perfect Day for Bananafish, Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut, The Laughing Man, and For Esme With Love and Squalor–will not be surprised by the fact that his first novel is full of children. The hero-narrator of The Catcher in the Rye is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield. Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, secondhand description, he leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for three days. The boy himself is at once too simple and too complex for us to make any final comment about him or his story. Perhaps the safest thing we can say about Holden is that he was born in the world not just strongly attracted to beauty but, almost, hopelessly impaled on it.
There are many voices in this novel: children’s voices, adult voices, underground voices-but Holden’s voice is the most eloquent of all. Transcending his own vernacular, yet remaining marvelously faithful to it, he issues a perfectly articulated cry of mixed pain and pleasure. However, like most lovers and clowns and poets of the higher orders, he keeps most of the pain to, and for, himself. The pleasure he gives away, or sets aside, with all his heart. It is there for the reader who can handle it to keep.
dc.publisher Back Bay Books
dc.contributor J.D. Salinger 2001-01-30 W3CDTF
dc.type Text DCMIType
dc.format Paperback book; 288 pages; 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 in.
dc.identifier ISBN-13: 978-0316769174 ISBN
dc.language en-US RFC4646
dc.relation The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger; originally published by Little, Brown, and Company, New York: 1951
dc.coverage 1951-2001
dc.rights All rights reserved

The Catcher in the Rye follows Holden Caulfield’s three-day adventure home after flunking out of his preparatory school. Holden contemplates his life, and during his journey, he meets a variety of people. The novel also deals with complex issues of identity, belonging, loss, and connection. The Catcher in the Rye has been challenged, removed, and banned in my many schools due to a variety of reasons: profanity, obscenity, offensive language, prostitution, and many other reasons (American Library Association, n.d.).

American Library Association. (n.d.). Banned and/or challenged books from the Radcliffe Publishing Course top 100 novels of the 20th Century. Retrieved April 26, 2016, from