J. D. Salinger was born in New York City on January 1, 1919, and died in Cornish, New Hampshire, on January 27, 2010. His stories appeared in many magazines, most notably The New Yorker. Between 1951 and 1963 he produced four book-length works of fiction: The Catcher in the Rye; Nine Stories; Franny and Zooey; and Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour--An Introduction. The books have been embraced and celebrated throughout the world and have been credited with instilling in many a lifelong love of reading.
A contemporary master--a genius...Here was a man who used language
as if it were pure energy beautifully controlled, and who knew
exactly what he was doing in every silence as well as in every
--Richard Yates, New York Times Book Review
In Mr. Salinger we have a fresh voice. One can actually hear it speaking, and what is has to say is uncannily true, perceptive, and compassionate.
--Clifton Fadiman, Book-of-the-Month Club News
Salinger's work meant a lot to me when I was a young person and his writing still sings now.
We read The Catcher in the Rye and feel like the book understands us in deep and improbable ways.