A Short Biography of J.D. Salinger

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J. D. Salinger was an American writer who wrote fiction short stories and novels. Some critics don't like his books, yet others do. He had a remarkable life and story. Salinger was an influential 20th century American writer whose works were very scrutinized. Jerome David Salinger was born on January 1, 1919. He was known as J. D. Salinger. He was born in New York, New York. His father's name was Sol Salinger. His mother's name was Miriam Jillich Salinger. His father was Jewish and his mother was a Christian. He had a sister named Doris who was eight years older than Jerome was. She was born in Chicago. J. D. Salinger had dark hair, and dark eyes. He looked very mysterious. He was the second and youngest child. He was raised in a …show more content…
He was a man who kept to himself. New York wasn't the place from him because he could never really be alone. He needed a place that would be private. He wanted to live somewhere that wasn't over populated with people. Salinger moved to Cornish, New Hampshire. He wanted to make sure that he was removed from the public eye. (“Jerome David Salinger”) In the late 1980s, Salinger married a young nurse named Colleen O'Neill. They were married until his death. J. D. Salinger died on January 27, 2010. He was ninety one years old. He died at his home in Cornish, New Hampshire. (“Main Page”) Some critics don't care for the Catcher in the Rye because of its overuse of bad language. The novel turned out to be very popular. It sold over sixty million copies! That's amazing. "Moreover, in 1956, some dam in critical interest seems to burst. Study after study is published; the 1950s are dubbed 'the Decade of Salinger'; contemporaneous writers complain of neglect. Holden Caulfield is compared not only to Huck Finn but to Billy Budd, David Copperfield, Natty Bumppo, Quentin Compson, Ishmael, Peter Pan, Hamlet, Jesus Christ, Adam, Stephen Dedalus, and Leopold Bloom put together. What critic George Steiner calls the 'Salinger industry' swells fantastically, until it sits like a large, determined bird on a bunker-like egg." (Jen) It has become very
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