Summary Of ' The Great Gatsby ' By F. Salinger

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J.D. Salinger Jerome David Salinger, one of the most influential authors to arise after World War II, was born on January 1, 1919 in New York City. Little is known about his early life except for his education. He attended schools on the upper west side of Manhattan, which would later be the setting of his most famous novel, The Catcher in the Rye. After flunking out of several prep schools, including McBurney’s, his parents sent him to Valley Forge Military Academy. At Valley Forge he maintained average grades and was involved in several clubs and organizations, many of which had to deal with dramatics. Also, during his senior year, he edited the Academy yearbook. He did briefly attend multiple colleges, one of which was Columbia University. There, he participated in a short story writing class taught by Whit Burnette, whose magazine would feature Salinger’s first published work, “The Young Folks” in 1940. This success, a direct result of Burnette, was a major influence on Salinger’s career. Salinger also attended Ursinus College, but dropped out midyear claiming that the rigors of college disinterested him. All these factors would come in to play later in his life as he emerged as one of the most influential, and controversial, authors of his time. A huge impact on Salinger’s works came in the form of World War II, and the ideals that arose during the post war period. Salinger himself fought in the war in Europe starting in 1942, where he carried around a portable…
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