Even in his childhood, his involvement with both the military and literature was evident. Born on New Year’s Day in 1919, Salinger spent his childhood in New York. Although he was intelligent, he was not a good student and flunked out of McBurney School. Salinger was then sent off to Valley Forge Military Academy for the remainder of his high school years. At the military academy, he “became the literary editor of the school yearbook,” (McGrath). This was the beginning of his interest in writing. After graduating, Salinger attended many colleges but the one that was the most critical to his success as a writer was Columbia College in New York. There, he met Professor Whit Burnett, the editor of Story Magazine. Burnett published some of Salinger’s early short stories. Soon, Salinger even had some stories appear in well-known magazines, such as the Saturday Evening Post (“J.D. Salinger B...
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...s that affected him for the rest of his life. Since few understood how damaged returning soldiers were, Salinger exposed the truth to the public through accessible and intriguing short stories. “A Perfect Day for Bananafish” was a meaningful story that depicted the consequences of post-war trauma.
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