JD Salinger Research Paper

1671 Words 7 Pages
Jerome David Salinger, also known as J. D. Salinger, is a fascinating author best known for his novel, Catcher in the Rye. Although Salinger only published one novel, he wrote several short stories for magazines like The New Yorker and Story. A large number of these stories went on to be compiled into books such as Nine Stories, Franny and Zooey, and Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction. Despite the fact Salinger has not published any stories in over 45 years, his reputation is still quite popular. Salinger's stories are studied in high schools and colleges, introducing thousands of individuals to his writing and ultimately increasing his fan base. Catcher in the Rye continues to sale 250,000 copies a year …show more content…
He instead took a course in short story writing at Columbia University taught by Whit Burnett. Burnett became Salinger's mentor and eventually helped him publish his first short story, The Young Folks. Salinger continued to publish short stories in various magazines. In 1942, Salinger was drafted into the army and was a member of the Counter Intelligence Corps. After World War II, he was hospitalized in Germany for psychiatric treatment. In 1951, Salinger's only novel was published, Catcher in the Rye. His collection of short stories: Nine Stories, Franny and Zooey, and Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction were published in 1953, 1961, and 1963 respectively. In 1953, he moved to Cornish, New Hampshire to escape publicity. On February 17, 1955, J. D. married Claire Douglas and had two children, Matthew and Margaret. The couple divorced in 1967. Since the late 80s Salinger has been married to Colleen O'Neill. Little is known about his life after the late 1950's. Salinger died of natural causes on January 27, 2010.
Salinger's Influence Salinger's writing has influenced several generations. So many could relate to the main character in Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield, an antihero who spoke like a real teenager and rebelled against conformity. As a staff writer for Spinner.com points outs, Caulfield was punk rock long before punk rock existed. (Spinner.com). This is the reason why so many

More about JD Salinger Research Paper

Open Document