‘Catcher in the Rye’ author J.D. Salinger dies at 91

J.D. Salinger, the author of the classic bestseller The Catcher in the Rye, has passed away. He was 91. He died Wednesday, January 27th, of natural natural causes, his son said.

Jerome David Salinger, born and raised in Manhattan, New York, wrote several stories for The New York magazine, including the critically acclaimed A Perfect Day for Bananafish, before coming out with his best known work, The Catcher in the Rye.

The Catcher in the Rye, his only published novel, instantly became a critical and popular success after its release in 1951, figuring as a bible of sorts for the then burgeoning American teenage culture. The sudden public attention would later prove unbearable for the author, and he began his self-imposed isolation in a small house in Cornish, New Hampshire. His last published work, a novella entitled Hapworth 16, 1924, came out in 1965. His other works are Nine Stories, Franny and Zooey, and Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction.

Salinger’s representatives commented to the New York Times that “in keeping with his lifelong, uncompromising desire to protect and defend his privacy, there will be no service, and the family asks that people’s respect for him, his work and his privacy be extended to them, individually and collectively, during this time… Salinger had remarked that he was in this world but not of it. His body is gone but the family hopes that he is still with those he loves, whether they are religious or historical figures, personal friends or fictional characters.”

Being a fan of the phenomenal The Catcher in the Rye, I am reminded of the following lines from the novel, which I think ring true now more than eve:

What I was really hanging around for, I was trying to feel some kind of a good-by. I mean I’ve left schools and places I didn’t even know I was leaving them. I hate that. I don’t care if it’s a sad good-by or a bad good-by, but when I leave a place I like to know I’m leaving it. If you don’t, you feel even worse.