January 28, 2010

In Memory of J. D. Salinger


J. D. SALINGER  (1919-2010)

J.D. Salinger left our world today at 91 years old.  He will be forever remembered as the creator of one of the greatest protagonists to be put to paper - - Holden Caufield from Catcher in the Rye

While Catcher in the Rye was Salinger's best known work, it was also his literary undoing, causing him scrutiny and unwanted attention.  He wrote few works after Catcher in the Rye, preferring instead to live in seclusion. 

Over the years, Catcher in the Rye was increasingly debated as both an important sociological work and deserving to be banned.  Despite the controvery, and perhaps aided by it, sales of Catcher in the Rye have topped 60 million copies worldwide to date. 

Rest in peace, J. D. Salinger, may you finally have the ultimate peace and solitude you craved.  Thanks for leaving your literary mark for the rest of us.


3 comments:

Sun Singer said...

I never really expected Salinger to die, but to live forever in suspended isolation.

Supposedly he continued writing, stashing his MSS in a safe. I wonder what's in there and whether his will allows for the publication of anything that might be discovered.

Malcolm

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

This is the best hats off to Salinger I have read yet. Bravo! I hope he does find peace.

Lori said...

Hi Malcolm,
Wouldn't it be great if he did have manuscripts in his safe that could be published? What a legacy.

Juju,
You are the best! Really, you are. Thank you so much for the compliment. You brightened my day, girlfriend!