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A Tribute to J. D. Salinger - Great Poet

Updated on September 2, 2012

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A Tribute to J. D. Salinger

(Born -- January 1, 1919 - (New York, USA) and Died -- January 27, 2010 -- Cornish, New Hampshire, USA)

For most of us who read the “Catcher in the Rye”, and for whatever interpretation every reader puts into it, one cannot deny the fact that it is one of the most read and most controversial novel of the 20th century. It was published in 1951 and was the most acclaimed work of J. D. Salinger. He actually wrote a lot of other short stories which are highly acclaimed as well.

In the 1980s, my father bought his book "Catcher in the Rye" and I read it and immediately I was drawn to him and his style of writing. I was at awed with his use of words and style of writing.

 

FILE - In this 1951 file photo, J.D. Salinger, author of "The Catcher in the Rye -- AP Photo, file))
FILE - In this 1951 file photo, J.D. Salinger, author of "The Catcher in the Rye -- AP Photo, file))
ist ed, Cathcher in the Rye, 1951
ist ed, Cathcher in the Rye, 1951

J D Salinger

J. D. (Jerome David) Salinger was born in New, York USA from an Scottish-Irish mother and a Polish Jew father, lived and served during the war. He started his career as a writer early in his secondary school years. He became controversial when he became a recluse after the success of his novel “Catcher in the Rye”. His career started in 1940 and he stopped publishing his works until 1965. "The Catcher in the Rye"had been reprinted eight times and It spent thirty weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list". The words are vulgar but it is reality so it is famous among teen- agers as well.

If you want to have a glimpse of the book "Cather in the Rye" read this

Being controversial because he chose to become a recluse:

J. D. Salinger was a controversial man being called a recluse, chosen not to become public after the release of “Catcher in the Rye”. It is my opinion that whether he is controversial or not, the quality of his work is what draws people to him. After almost 60 years after the publication of the said novel it is still one of the most talked about book pertaining to the youth and the intricacies of being one.

That leads us to this matter/point:

  • If you are a writer or once you published your work, is that enough? Is the interpretation left to the reader and the author need not answer any queries? Are you in any way obliged to answer and tell the circumstances and meaning of your work?

One writer in J. D. Salinger's generation -- the Pulitzer Prize Winner - novelist -- John Updike has this to say: "I attested that "the short stories of J. D. Salinger really opened my eyes as to how you can weave fiction out of a set of events that seem almost unconnected, or very lightly connected".

Louis Menand, in 2001 wrote in "The New Yorker " that --Catcher in the Rye -- rewrites" among each new generation had become -- a literary genre all its own. --

The writer -- Ms. Aimee Bender-- was struggling with her first short stories when a friend gave her a copy of "Nine Stories" and inspired, she described Salinger's effect on writers as -- explaining: --It feels like Salinger wrote "The Catcher in the Rye" in a day -- and that incredible feeling of ease inspires writing and it "Inspires the pursuit of voice".


From the guardian.co.uk website let us read what other famous authors has to say about his death and the man:

  • Stephen King ---- not "a huge Salinger fan, but I'm sorry to hear of his passing – the way you'd feel if you heard an eccentric, short-tempered, but often fascinating uncle had passed away".
  • Neil Gaiman -- "I loved the short stories, liked Catcher, admired his isolation and the way he stopped"
  • John Hodgeman -- “I prefer to think J.D Salinger has just decided to become extra reclusive”

No matter what others say, undoubtedly, he is one of the best novelist of his genre, Thank you so much J. D. Salinger.


Thank you J. D. Salinger for the following works:

All in all, he had written fifteen (15) books, seven (7) published and anthologized stories, seventeen (17) published and unanthologized stories, five (5) unpublished and unanthologized stories.



If you want to have digital copies of his work “The New Yorker” magazine posted 12 of his work -- short stories online as a memorial tribute of the magazine or to those who subscribe at the site and log in. Go to this site.




Resources:

  1. The Examiner
  2. The New Yorker
  3. Biography of J. D. Salinger
  4. Baltimore Sun
  5. Guardian.co.uk
  6. York Daily Record-- York Sunday News

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      viveresperando 6 years ago from A Place Where Nothing Is Real

      I am going to have to read it again. :)

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Thanks Cheeky, I have a brother but he died already, he is younger than me, I understand what you are saying. The book spells a lot about youth and the many probs they are encountering.

      Take care, Maita

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      Cassandra Mantis 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      Don't know how I missed this great hub, Maita. This is a wonderful tribute to such a good writer. That book Catcher in the Rye is so amazing, it seems to be about nothing, yet about everything, and a wonderful character in Holden Caulfield in the book. I loved that he was crazy about his kid sister Phoebe. I always felt if a girl could ever have a brother like Holden, then there was hope for boys everywhere...silly perhaps, but being an only child, well it just came into my head. What the heck. Anyway - great hub! Rating up as usual, Maita!

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi Tony, thanks for dropping by again, he is great. I will have to check on Agee. Salinger has lots of work but he chose to be recluse so we dont ehar a lot about it, Good day Tony, Maita

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      Tony McGregor 7 years ago from South Africa

      Salinger was certainly an inspiration to me. Loved Catcher and theshort stories that I have read, also Raise High the Roofbeam. Somehow for me Salinger and James Agee have been the US writers who have most inspired me. I must think about that, becuase they are both writers who had relatively small outputs, I think?

      Thanks for this lovely Hub.

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Thanks Dolores for dropping by, And yes indeed he did live it, He is a great writer too, Thanks dear, Maita

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      Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Thanks for the tribute to a great writer and fascinating man. When I was young, I loved Salinger's short stories, he created these whole little worlds in them, amazing. Reading Salinger was like living the lives that he described.

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      hi fierycj, He is really great to inspire you, and thanks for sharing it, He is one of the best really, and no mater what other say He is still the best there is, you must be a great writer too, YEHEY, Thanks, Maita

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      fierycj 7 years ago from The Fiery Heart of Africa

      J.D is the reason I became I writer...You wanna understand the Fiery One...read "The Catcher in the Rye"...that book influenced me in more ways than I can care to admit...

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Oh Dohn, haha, are you going to be a recluse writer, hmmm, one day I will interview you and will write how I read all your articles, and how a great writer you are, will you grant me that request for an interview hmmm, Thanks Dohn, I am always glad about your compliments, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      hi habee, you must be an expert, glad to know you taught students regarding this one, Maita

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      A great literary light has gone out, but his writing remains and will forever be eternal. You did an excellent job in paying tribute to J.D. Salinger. I read "Nine Stories,""Frannie and Zooey," and of course "Catcher in the Rye" in high school. I remember a time when it was banned from public libraries, which made the book and the author even more popular! I hope one of my books get banned one day ;) Wonderful work, Maita! Again, congrats on hitting 100 for you charity hub and being of course NUMBER ONE! You rock, pretty lady!

      Dohn

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      I used to teach Catcher in the Rye. Great book! Interesting hub.

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi cool, go find one and read it, it is a good one, Thanks, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi Cris, yes I agree with your comments and thanks for dropping by, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi Quill, I agree his works always share with us thought provoking ideas which are sentiments of the people in a certain societies and their predicaments as in the Catcher in the Rye, he posits condidions of the youth which are highly controversial. Thank you, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi Truth, check his other works and you will like it too, as I know youre into short stories, Thanks for your information about the pro bowl, hope your weekend is doing great, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi Blpelton, good you are back, thanks, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi hello, check him out and you will like to read his writings, click on the link here. Thanks dear, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi Shaz, talent indeed, and great author too, Thanks for your comments, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi Mick, I agree with your comment, he was an individual indeed, and a great writer, How are you this weekend? Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hey CAGSIL< trey to read it and click on the link here, Thanks for dropping by, Hope youre doing ok, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Oh Dave, agonizing LOL< can imagine you during those times, well when I am in college, it was not recommended to us to read because I dont have literature subject then, but then my father bought the 1985 ed. and I read it, it was so good indeed, Thanks and have a good day Dave, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Oh David, youre right hehe, when youre obliged to do somehting, you just comply but now it must be fun after you rea dit without strings attached to it, How are you, hope youre enjoying the weekend, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi UW, oh you read it twice, LOL. I havent read that one yet, Franey and Zooey, I will click on the link here and I will also read other short stories of his, Thanks for dropping by. I really appreciate it, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi Madison22, good evening, oh must be difficult read? You can click on the link and follow it so you cn access them, Thanks for reading, Maita

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      Madison 7 years ago from NYC

      Hi Maita, Nice tribute. WOW I remember reading Catcher in the Rye as part of an assignment 21 years ago for English 101 back in college. I am definitely going take a look at the links you provided. Great article!

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      Susan Keeping 7 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      Great hub. I enjoyed Catcher in the Rye...read it once because I had to and then once because I wanted to. I also really liked his book Franny and Zooey

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      Russell-D 7 years ago from Southern Ca.

      You know what Dave Mathews said, double for me. Reading Catcher In the Rye today is a pleasure. Back in school days, it was a hard class and a lot of agony because HEY there was so many more important things to do, like chase a skirt, catch a ball, blow a horn, hang out. But, like Dave, I, too, got thru. And am better for it. David Russell

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      Dave Mathews 7 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      (Ate) Maita sweetie what a marvellous piece as a tribute to a great writer. Catcher in The Rye even back in the 60's was a part of pre-requisite studies in English Literature, and I can still remember agonizing over my term paper on it.

      Thanks sweetie.

      (Kuya) Dave.

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      Cagsil 7 years ago from USA or America

      Nicely done Maita. I've never read the book "Catcher in the Rye", nor have I ever felt it was necessary to read. However, that doesn't mean I don't know how to recognize a good writer when I see their writing. Thank you for sharing. :)

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Very nice tribute Maita. He was an individual and in so many ways, we need more today. Thanks

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      shazwellyn 7 years ago from Great Britain

      Thank for pointing out such a talent. I will look out for catcher in the rye now. another great hub Maita!! x

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      I have never heard of him but after this hub I certainly will out for it. Thank you for interesting hub.

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      blpelton 7 years ago

      Great hub Miata, THX for sharing!

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      Truth From Truth 7 years ago from Michigan

      Nice Hub Maita, I really enjoyed Catcher in the Rye. I have not read it in years though, and I have not read any other books by Salinger. I might check some of them out. Thanks.

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      "Quill" 7 years ago

      Grat article Maita and a tribute to a wonderful and though provoking writer who had a special way of drawing you into his world of words.

      Blessings

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      carolina muscle 7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Maita: I think the author is in no way obligated to explain his work.. I do believe he should answer for it's influence, good or bad.

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      Coolmon2009 7 years ago from Texas, USA

      I haven't read "The Catcher in the Rye" but after reading your hub and hearing of the author's death on CNN(I think), I will try to find a copy of this book - Thank you for this article