J.D. Salinger Obituary


J.D. Salinger, reclusive author of ‘The Catcher in the Rye,’ dies at 91


J.D. Salinger

(Associated Press)


Salinger, whose 1951 novel created a lasting symbol of teenage discontent, died Wednesday at his remote New Hampshire home. He refused interviews for years and published his last story in 1965.


By Elaine Woo
Los Angeles Times
January 28, 2010


J.D. Salinger, one of contemporary literature’s most famous recluses, who created a lasting symbol of adolescent discontent in his 1951 novel “The Catcher in the Rye,” died Wednesday. He was 91.


Salinger died of natural causes at his home in Cornish, N.H., the Associated Press reported, quoting the author’s son in a statement from Salinger’s literary representative.


Perhaps no other writer of so few works generated as much popular and critical interest as Salinger, who published one novel, three authorized collections of short stories and an additional 21 stories that only appeared in magazines in the 1940s. He abandoned publishing in 1965, when his last story — “Hapworth 26, 1924” — was published by the New Yorker. Rarely seen in public and aggressively averse to most publicity, he was often called the Howard Hughes of American letters.


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