Sad news today as we learn that JD Salinger, author of famed book Catcher In The Rye, has passed away. At the age of 91, he lived a long life. He did not give interviews, and lived his life as a recluse, but his words will live on far long after his passing.
Word of his death came from his agent, Phyliss Westburg. She said the man died on Wednesday in his home in New Hampshire. He had lived his life as a recluse since 1953 to avoid the fame his work brought him. His other work included Franny and Zooey.
The Catcher In The Rye was either loved or hated by many. The book was banned in some schools for its language among other things. However, it is often called one of the best novels of the 20th century, and it has sold 65 million copies worldwide. Here is one quote from his famous work below. May he rest in peace.
"Among other things, you'll find that you're not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior. You're by no means alone on that score, you'll be excited and stimulated to know. Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You'll learn from them - if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It's a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn't education. It's history. It's poetry."