J.D. Salinger is Holden Caulfield

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Jerome David Salinger is an odd character with a colorful background. He was a young man unable to complete college and obtain a degree, yet he was made very popular due to his writing abilities. “Despite his slim body of work and reclusive lifestyle, ‘Salinger’ was one of the more influential twentieth century American writers.” states Biography.com, “His landmark novel, Catcher in the Rye, set a new course for literature in post World War II America.” The Catcher in the Rye told a story of Holden Caulfield and his struggle to find something pure in a world filled with “phonies” (Biography). It is arguable that some of Holden’s experiences could be comparitively autobiographical to Salinger’s real life. Much like J.D. …show more content…
While attending Ursinus College, Salinger wrote a column in the school’s weekly newspaper, and many described his pieces as entertaining and laughable (Notable Biography). He also fell in love with a woman by the name of Oona O’Neill writing her letters almost daily, and was heartbroken when she married someone much older than herself (Liukkonen). Readers of The Catcher in the Rye can clearly see Salinger’s romantic rejection in his writing. When Holden’s roommate, Stradlater, goes on a date with Holden’s friend, Jane Gallagher he is filled with jealousy and feels that Stradlater too old for Jane and will make sexual advances towards her because he is more sexually experienced (Salinger, J.D., 52). Both Salinger and Holden share many failed attempts to find a relationship that is worthwhile. Holden’s failed attempts are, Sally Hayes, Jane Gallagher, the prostitute, and the three older woman in the lounge. Salinger’s include his first love, Oona, and his two marriages that left him in divorce. Salinger returned home and began taking night classes at Columbia University from professor Whit Burnett (Biography). Biography.com says, “ Burnett wasn’t just a good teacher, he was the editor of Story magazine, an influential publication that showcased short stories.” Burnett would give Salinger’s life an entirely differently
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