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.