The Catcher in the Rye: Holden Caulfield's Phony Phobia Essay

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The Modern era is classified as the period that started as the World War I ended. There where huge changes in technology. International corporations began to rise in power. They began to “westernize” with values, such as the appeal to industrialization, personal political rights, democracy, a background of knowledge in mass and education, private ownership of the means of production, the scientific method, public institutions, a questioning in God, and the independence of woman. Then by the year 1939 the Second World War took place and as it ended a new literary period began to form. A new period that dates from around the year 1945 to the present day is called Postmodernism. Postmodernism is difficult to define since there are not so …show more content…
There is little biographical information on Salinger since he insisted on preserving his life private. Salinger would mislead by giving out false information and complicating the picture, but there is some information that is accepted as true. Salinger attended a public school in Manhattan and was considered an average student. At the age of thirteen, Salinger was enrolled on a prestigious school in Manhattan but was dismissed because of his failing grades. He then was sent to the inspiration for his novel The Catcher in the Rye, Valley Forge Military Academy in Pennsylvania was the model of Pencey Prep. His first stories were published on the school yearbook of this inspirational school. Salinger then wrote a column in Ursinus Weekly at Ursinus College in Pennsylvania, in which he went only for a half semester. He enrolled to short-story classes with Whit Burnett who was the editor of Story magazine. Salinger’s first published story was “The Young Folks”, which appeared on the issue of March/April 1941 of Story. He subsequently wrote and published more stories in Collier’s, Esquire, and Story magazines before leaving to the Army in the year 1942. While on the war he wrote stories which he then published after his comeback. In 1947, Salinger signed a contract with The New Yorker. He then began to have a desire for isolation. He published his only novel by which he is so
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