"The Catcher in the Rye", by Jerome David Salinger

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Jerome David Salinger was born in 1919 on New Year's Day. Growing up in New York City, he soon learned all about the bustle of the city. His parents were Sol Salinger, a wealthy ham importer, and Miriam Salinger. Salinger attended New York public high school and was considered an average student in most subjects. Most of his teachers found him to be a shy, polite, introverted boy. He flunked out of the first private school he attended-- McBurney. Later, he enrolled in Valley Forge Military Academy and graduated in 1936. Soon he began to write, despite his father's efforts to teach him the business of importing. Salinger was drafted by the United States Army in 1942 where he specialized in counter-intelligence. In 1944 he stormed Normandy with the other allies during D-Day. Soon after returning from the war, Salinger began to isolate himself more and more from society.

He married in 1955 and has two children. Salinger's continued withdrawal from society has continued and today he is virtually unknown outside of the world of literature.


"The Catcher in the Rye" is a story of an emotionally disturbed young sixteen year old boy named Holden Caulfield. Holden tells the story himself so you can see first hand what kind of person he is. The story begins as he is leaves Pencey Prep., his school. He was actually thrown out of it, because he flunked five of his six courses. The way Holden describes his school you kind of understand that he isn't very sad about it. He hated this school. He also hated the other schools he flunked out of. After a fight with his roommate he decides to go to New York before he goes home to his parents who by then should have already received the...