J.D. Salinger, author of Catcher in the Rye passed away today. He was 91.
For many generations, that book has been required reading in high school English and literature classes. In my experience, it's the kind of book you either love, or hate - I fell in the latter camp when I first read it, although I couldn't tell you why now. I was 16.
I wasn't the only one with strong opinions on Salinger's work. Between 1961 and 1982, no book was censored more in US high schools than Catcher in the Rye, and in 1981 achieved the dubious distinction of being both the most frequently censored book and the second-most frequently taught book. It r emains controversial today.
Salinger also published thirteen short stories in the New Yorker, which today has made them available to their readers for free online. If you haven't read them already, check them out this weekend.
Do you remember reading Catcher in the Rye?
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