J. D. Salinger wrote one of the most famous books ever written, The Catcher in the Rye. Salinger wrote many stories and, in 1941, after several rejections, Salinger finally cracked The New Yorker, with a story, "Slight Rebellion Off Madison," that was an early sketch of what became a scene in "The Catcher in the Rye." The magazine then had second ...
J. D. Salinger wrote one of the most famous books ever written, The Catcher in the Rye. Salinger wrote many stories and, in 1941, after several rejections, Salinger finally cracked The New Yorker, with a story, "Slight Rebellion Off Madison," that was an early sketch of what became a scene in "The Catcher in the Rye." The magazine then had second thoughts in part because of World War II in which Salinger was in combat, and held the story for five years before finally publishing it in 1946, buried in the back of an issue. Everyone was surprised when the story and the book that followed it became a bit hit. Even today nobody can really explain why Catcher in the Rye is so famous and so popular. Yet, millions have been sold and are still being sold even though only available as used books nowadays. When The Catcher in the Rye was published in 1951, it was registered for copyright as "additional material." This obviously referred to the earlier work "Slight Rebellion Off Madison." The copyright page on "The Catcher in the Rye" states "Copyright 1945, 1946, 1951 by J. D Salinger." The date of 1945 obviously refers to the publication of "I'm Crazy," a short story written by Salinger and published in the December 22, 1945 issue of Collier's magazine that first introduced the character Holden Caulfield to the reading public. Salinger later reworked this short story to incorporate it into The Catcher in the Rye. The two earlier stories are "I'm Crazy," an early version of Holden's departure from prep school that later shows up in The Catcher in the Rye. With minor alteration, much of this story is familiar to readers as the chapter where Holden visits Mr. Spencer. What sets this story apart is the presence of an additional Caulfield sister and the clarity of Holden's resignation and compromise at the end. "Slight Rebellion off Madison" is an early version of another scene in The Catcher in the Rye. The story follows Holden when he is home from Pency and goes to the movies, then skating with Sally Hayes, followed by his drunken calls to her apartment late at night. An early story, it is the first of Salinger's Caulfied works to be accepted for publication.
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May 1, 2014
Not what I expected!
I never read this "classic" in high school and now that I'm in my sixties I'm trying to catch up on some of the reading I should have done had I chosen to be a better student. Boy was I disappointed! Page after page, I kept expecting the nugget of wisdom to appear, but it never did. Instead, I found it to be nothing more than the trivial ramblings of a confused kid, Perhaps a more youthful reader would have better understood the author's style and found it to be the "profound" work so many have said it is over the years. As far as I'm concerned, it stunk!
Apr 4, 2014
My favorite cover of this book! i love it. I have read this book so many times and it never gets old. Hopefully everyone enjoys it as much as I do
Nov 29, 2013
Everyone knows this book by now. I ordered a copy as I could not find my copy and wanted to read it again. If you don't know Salinger it is time to learn and read all his books.
Apr 25, 2013
I'm always amazed how Christians find this book so offensive. Ironically, their objections are precisely why I think it is great. Holden Caulfield is morally bankrupt. But rather than suppress this sort of literature, I think it's all the more important to put and keep it in circulation. There are real Holden Caulfields in this world and they need compassion, not condemnation. His is a very human voice. It is a testament to
Salinger's genius to have created such a human character. I actually teach this novel to high school students, and many come away feeling they've grown as human beings because of it. That is the epitome of great literature!
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