When The Catcher in the Rye was first published in 1951, it was ranked number one on the New York Times Best Seller list (Time Magazine). Yet it has been one of the most frequently banned books in schools and libraries. Written in the late 1940’s by J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye tells the story of Holden Caulfield, a teenage boy, who gets kicked out of boarding school and how he passes the days before returning home ,wandering New York City. Since its publication, it has been a book both adored and ostracized.
Not many great novels were produced during the post World War II era. Perhaps the greatest novel published was J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye. This book, just like all other great works, was met by scathing criticism and unyielding praise. Many literary critics marveled at Salinger’s genius use of language to make Holden Caulfield, the main character, unbelievably realistic. Through Holden’s thoughts and dialogues, Salinger successfully created a teenage boy.
For my Literature Circle assignment I read the novel entitled The Catcher in the Rye, written by J.D. Salinger.Taking place in the 1950's, The Catcher in the Rye is one of the most popular American books of all time, though, its hero is not really a hero at all. Main character Holden Caufield, is a 17 year old, disproved and misunderstood, classic "screw-up", who does poorly in school, loses his team's equipment, and takes an impulsive trip to New York. Distraught by the death of his 11 year old brother Allie, Holden wanders around his birthplace of New York, reconnecting with old friends and making new enemies. The main conflict of this novel is Holden transitioning into an adult and trying to cope with his brother’s death.
The Catcher in the Rye The novel The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger published by The New American Library in 1951 is one of, if not the most popular and controversial books written by Salinger. The main character is a teenage boy named Holden Caulfield. He casually explains a certain time of transition in his life. It is a time of adventures and deep thought.
This is one of many perspectives of Salinger's novel, making it to the list of America’s banned books. However, in order to have a deeper understanding of the book and of the banning during the time the novel was written, it is essential to understand Salinger’s mind and the historical context at the time the book was written. Salinger was born and grew up in New York City, as well as Holden, the main character in “The Catcher in the Rye”. As a child, Salinger went to a prep school, Salinger was a very smart and intelligent child, although his grades reflected the opposite, just like Holden. “The Catcher in the Rye” and many of his other works make it very clear on how he is a writer whose works come from his own experiences.
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.
The Catcher in the Rye is a popular novel written by J.D. Salinger. Published in 1951, the book was originally written for adults, but it is now remembered and adored by people from all parts of the world and people from all walks of life – especially by teenagers – a likely effect that was only inevitable considering the center stage of the narrator the great crumby flake Holden Caulfield, to use his style of speaking, who accurately portrayed teenage angst and loneliness in a style that many youngsters could and do relate to.1 The book is about his quest to find himself after being threatened with expulsion at the expensive prep school that he attends. Selling millions upon millions of copies and inspiring all sorts of people from pint-sized kids to presidents, the book serves as a ‘50s prequel-in-spirit to the one-man-against-the-world genre of storytelling that soon came forward in a free-spirited rush in titles of books and movies such as Norwegian Wood and The Perks of Being a Wallflower.2 3 The book is a moving testament to life in the era that it was set and written in, and it can be interpreted through numerous lenses in order to get a grasp of what society was like with regards to certain issues. This groundbreaking novel can be interpreted through the lens of gender.
Many American novelists appeared during the harsh times that slavery existed. Herman Melville was one of them. Dying as one of the most unknown authors, his works came again and had major success. Despite not gaining major success during Melville’s time and receiving harsh criticism as well, Herman Melville remains one of the most important American novelists for his use of reoccurring themes and discrete symbols within his works. Born in New York in August 1819 (Szumski 13), Melville was full of imagination and his father’s treasures added to his creative mind (Robertson 33).
In the speech JFK used several literary terms throughout the speech to identify important parts of the speech. It also interprets hard-line Cold War rhetoric that reduced global politics to an apocalyptic battle between the democracy and communism, and how he plans to get the United States out of the depression we were in. John F. Kennedy was born May 29, 1917, in Brookline, Massachusetts. Kennedy’s young life due was privileged due to his dad’s success. In 1926 he moved to New York City, Kennedy’s early academic record was unimpressive for a man who would later be arguably America’s most intellectual president.
But even with all of that, John Cheever is known as one of the most popular short story writers of the twentieth century. Cheever was born on May 27, 1912 in Quincy, Massachusetts. His family was very well endowed until the Great Depression when the stock market crash affected his father’s shoe factory. After that, his father left the family with no income... ... middle of paper ... ...story, I found it so easy to connect with the character and setting. This could happen in DeWitt for all we know.