Salinger 's Influence On His Contributions

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Salinger had a fairly typical childhood growing up in the 1920s. He was born on January 1, 1919 to Sol Salinger and Marie Jillisch (McGrath). Born in New York City, he spent most of his childhood there (Telgen 117). When he was growing up, academic excellence was not one of Salinger’s priorities (117). After failing several prep schools, he finally graduated from Valley Forge Military Academy in Pennsylvania (117). Yet, with an IQ of 115, he never did finish his post-secondary education (Hipple 106; Miller 551). In 1937, Salinger traveled to Austria and Poland to learn his father’s business, but he was dissatisfied with it and returned to America (McGrath). Although unremarkable, his childhood did impact his literary contributions.

Salinger’s early adult life revolved around his experiences in WWII. In 1942, Salinger was drafted for the war, based in Tennessee and then in England (Miller 552). He was one of the Allied soldiers fighting in Normandy on D-Day (Miller 552). During the time that Salinger was writing The Catcher in the Rye, he experienced a dramatic situation (Hipple 107). His wife Sylvia, a French physician, divorced him in 1946, a year after their marriage (107). In 1955, Salinger remarried Claire Douglas; they had a daughter together in 1955 and a son in 1960 (Miller 552). The relationship did not last, and they ended up divorced in 1967 (Mulligan 350). Similar to his childhood, Salinger’s adult life was also influential to his writing career.

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