J.D. Salinger, well known author of the classic novel The Catcher in The Rye, has passed away at age 91. The author died of natural causes at his home Wednesday January 27, 2010. News that JD Salinger died has become the talk of the literary world today.
It may surprise many casual fans of the novel, that Salinger's only novel was The Catcher in the Rye. The popularity of the novel grew to a large level. At one point, Mark David Chapman, the man who killed John Lennon in 1980, said he did the murderous act to promote reading of Catcher in the Rye. John Hinckley Jr., the man who tried to assassinate Ronald Reagan, left a copy of the book in his hotel room. These are obviously two fans who Salinger would not want to recognize, but there were many more who were in the right frame of mind and enjoyed his literary work.
The story told the tale of Holden Caulfield, who eventually become the hero of disenchanted youth everywhere, because Salinger's character came into popularity just as American teenage culture was emerging. Interestingly, Holden Caufield was also a character that Salinger wrote about in a story he sent to The New Yorker, but it never was published officially in their pages.
The majority of JD Salinger's other works were in fact stories he had published to New Yorker, staring in 1948. His last was published in 1964, and then he apparently became more of a hermit, rejecting the idea of his fame as an author. Even though there is news of the author's death, it's his classic that will keep his memory living on. Even though there is sad news that J.D. Salinger died, Catcher in the Rye will live on as a literary classic which the author who refused to accept fame is well known for.