This study guide will help you analyze the novel The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger. You can also find a summary of the text, as well as inspiration for interpreting it and putting it into perspective. This analysis uses the 2010 edition of The Catcher in the Rye published by Penguin Books.
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Title: The Catcher in the Rye (1951)
Author: J. D. Salinger
Jerome David Salinger (1919-2010) was an American writer best known for the novel The Catcher in the Rye. The novel gained popularity upon its publication and appealed to young readers, particularly teenagers and college students. Salinger also wrote short stories, most of which were published in magazines such as The New Yorker or Esquire. In his later years, Salinger became reclusive and published less.
The Catcher in the Rye is considered Salinger’s best literary work and one of the best novels dealing with issues related to teenagers. The main character, Holden Caulfield, is an icon for teenage struggles and is considered one of the most important characters in American literature.
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