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THE CATCHER IN THE RYE J D SALINGER THE AUTHOR AND HIS TIMES J D Salinger shares at least one important trait with his character Holden Caulfield--a powerful urge to separate himself from society Holden the chief character of The Catcher in the Rye tells us that he wants to live on the edge of the woods Salinger realized this dream by retreating to a small farm town in New Hampshire where the townspeople seem as devoted to his privacy as he is himself There in Cornish Salinger has been able to escape the distractions of the literary world and to avoid people who have sought to capitalize on his instant fame following the publication of The Catcher in the Rye in 1951 Little is known about Salingers life since he moved to Cornish Local residents enjoy protecting Salingers anonymity and interviews with them typically have produced bland noncommittal responses that make Salinger sound about as interesting as last months newspaper Salinger himself refuses to be interviewed The facts of Salingers earlier life however are on the record Jerome David Salinger was born in New York City in 1919 the son of a prosperous importer of meat and cheese He was a mediocre student in the public school he attended and after he flunked out of the private McBurney School his parents sent him to Valley Forge Military Academy in Pennsylvania He later spent less than a month at New York University and then took a short-story course at Columbia University His first story was published in 1940 From 1942 to 1946 he was in the Army continuing to write whenever I can find time and an unoccupied foxhole He returned to New York in 1946 and in the next few years had stories published in various periodicals notably The New Yorker In 1953 Salinger met Claire Douglas a British-born Radcliffe student She apparently became the model for
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