He was soon to move to Cornish, New Hampshire, where he became ever more reclusive. Holden, the opposite of Huck, is an unhappy rich boy who has done a bunk from his posh secondary school, Pencey Prep, in Agerstown, Pennsylvania.
Introduction Although The Catcher in the Rye caused considerable controversy when it was first published inthe book—the account of three disoriented days in the life of a troubled sixteen-year-old boy—was an instant hit. Within two weeks after its release, it was listed number one on The New York Times best-seller list, and it stayed there for thirty weeks.
It remained immensely popular for many years, especially among teenagers and young adults, largely because of its fresh, brash style and anti-establishment attitudes—typical attributes of many people emerging from the physical and psychological turmoil of adolescence.
It also was the bane of many parents, who objected to the main character's obscene language, erratic behavior, and antisocial attitudes. Responding to the irate protests, numerous school and public libraries and bookstores removed the book from their shelves.
Holden simply was not a good role model for the youth of the s, in the view of many conservative adults. Salinger himself, in a rare published comment, "I'm aware that many of my friends will be saddened and shocked, or shock-saddened, over some of the chapters in The Catcher in the Rye.
Some of my best friends are children. In fact, all my best friends are children. It's almost unbearable for me to realize that my book will be kept on a shelf out of their reach. It became the forbidden fruit in the garden of literature.
For some reason—perhaps because of the swirling controversies over his written works—Salinger retreated from the New York literary scene in the s to a bucolic New Hampshire community called Cornish, where he has lived a very private life and avidly avoided the press.
Despite the fact that he has granted few interviews, there is a substantial body of critical and biographical works about Salinger and his all-too-brief list of literary creations. Being a diligent student was never his first priority: After he flunked out of several prep schools, including the prestigious McBurney School, his parents sent him to Valley Forge Military Academy in Pennsylvania, from which he graduated in Many people believe he modeled Pencey Prep, the fictional school attended by Caulfield, after Valley Forge.
It was not until he took a short story course at Columbia University that Salinger officially launched his literary career. His teacher, Whit Burnett, was the founder and editor of Story magazine, which gave a headstart to a number of mid-century fiction writers.
Salinger's first published piece appeared in Story. Then he moved rapidly into the big time of slick commercial magazines, writing short pieces for Collier's, Saturday Evening Post, Esquire, Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan and the upscale New Yorker.
Salinger has consistently refused to allow anyone to republish his early stories—those written between and However, they may still lurk among the microfilm or microfiche copies of old magazines in local libraries. Several are about draftees in World War II and may mirror Salinger's own military experiences in that war.
He served in the Army Signal Corps and the Counter-Intelligence Corps from toparticipating in the Normandy campaign and the liberation of France. Winner of five battle stars, he still found a way to keep writing during this period, toting a portable typewriter around in the back of his Jeep as did Holden's brother, D.
The extant body of Salinger's work therefore consists in addition to The Catcher in the Rye of three collections of short stories: Nine StoriesFranny and Zooey and Raise High the Roof Beams — plus, of course, his more recent book, Hapworth 16,which is a republication of a former New Yorker novella.
Since the early s, Salinger has lived in seclusion in rural New Hampshirehis privacy fiercely protected by loyal friends and neighbors. Married twice, he has two children, Margaret Ann and Matthew, from his second marriage.
Both marriages ended in divorce. The novel begins with Holden flunking out of school for the fourth time.Phoebe tells him that he has misremembered the poem that he took the image from: Robert Burns’s poem says “if a body meet a body, coming through the rye,” not “catch a body.” Holden calls his former English teacher, Mr.
Antolini, who tells Holden he can come to his apartment. Fleeing the crooks at Pencey Prep, he pinballs around New York City seeking solace in fleeting encounters - shooting the bull with strangers in dive hotels, wandering alone round Central Park, getting beaten up by pimps and cut down by erstwhile girlfriends.
Salinger in (photo by Lotte Jacobi) Born: Jerome David Salinger January 1, Children: Margaret, Matt. Reading The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger? Check out our lesson plan full of student activities for themes & conflict, & explore the world with Holden Caulfield. What Happens in The Catcher in the Rye?
Narrator Holden Caulfield has flunked out of prep school. On his last day at Pencey Prep, Holden receives a visit from his neighbor, Ackley, a repulsive classmate whose presence Holden tolerates. J.D Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye. the heart, the mind and the soul. Isolation brings along sorrow to some beings and relief to others.