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The Catcher in the Rye History

Updated on May 30, 2014
The Catcher in the Rye, the book cover
The Catcher in the Rye, the book cover

History of the Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye is one of the most popular books today. It has been included in “Time Magazine[s] list of the best 100 English-Language novels written since 1923”1. The success all started out in the hands of J.D. Salinger, who is the author of the story. It got “published in 1951”3 and within few weeks it went on the “The New York Times best-seller list”3. People fell in love with the story of Holden Caulfield and could relate to him. It especially was “appealing among teenagers and young adults”3 because of its new style and form of writing that no one else was doing at that time. Not only did people fall in love with the story plot but also they loved Holden more. Anyone can identify with the novel’s protagonist, Holden, who showed these characteristics: “confused, desperate, funny, and ultimately loveable”2. Today The Catcher in the Rye is still very much popular as when it came out because it has been translated to the “worlds major languages”1 and each year “around 250,000 copies are sold”1. The book has faced problems over the years because of “its liberal use of profanity and portrayal of sexuality and teenage angst”1. Yet, it is still viewed as one of the best, with it being “an icon for teenage rebellion”1. Many people can relate to how it is sometimes hard growing up and becoming responsible for everything you do and facing “doomed situation[s]”2. Its popularity can be also given to Holden’s “captivating voice”2, which gives the story a natural flow to it allowing us, as readers, to enjoy it.





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