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J D Salinger The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it -James Bryce In 1945 a novel was published that would forever change the way society views itself The book entitled The Catcher in the Rye would propel a man named Jerome David Salinger to fame as one of the most famous authors of the twentieth century This same man not ten years after the publication and while still in the peak of his career would depart from this society- the one that he so greatly changed leaving nothing but his literature to be his lasting voice However one may view this mysterious life of J D Salinger there is but one thing for certain J D Salinger has provided the reader with a controversial look at society which is greatly enhanced by the integration of his own life experiences dialect and religious philosophies into his stories Salinger was the greatest mind ever to stay in prep school -Norman Mailer qtd in Salinger SSC 291 The story of J D Salinger begins in downtown New York NY where he was born on January 1 1919 Little is known about his early childhood but his parents Sol and Miriam were known to be of upper-middle class stature and the family dwelled in downtown New York As Salinger began to attend junior high school his grades began to drop so his parents decided to send him to Valley Forge Military Academy which is located in Pennsylvania While enrolled in Valley Forge Salingers IQ level was tested at 115 which is slightly above average but far from the genius or even superior category French 45 At Valley Forge however Salingers grades rose considerably and he earned a scholarship to New York University Salinger attended New York University for two years and went on to Ursinus College and then to Columbia University where he studied with Whit
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