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Very few works of art have had the cultural and literary impact of J.D. Salinger’s novel The Catcher in the Rye. An immediate success upon its publication in 1951, and popular with teenagers (and adults) ever since, the book has sold over 65 million copies – and inadvertently led to two notorious assassination attempts in the 1980s. Have we moved beyond The Catcher in the Rye? Are its innovations still as fresh as they once were? Do its themes of alienation and disaffection still resonate? Mike Palindrome, President of the Literature Supporters Club, joins Jacke for a reconsideration of the book that critic Adam Gopnik called “one of three perfect American novels.”
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2 thoughts on “History of Literature #119 – The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger”
Wow! That was a trip–
I have comments but I need to think about it. There was so much. I’m baking turkey and lasagne and sewing so I’ll get back atcha
Glad you enjoyed it – enjoy your holiday!