The Catcher in the Rye
|Author:||J. D. Salinger|
In honour of the centennial of the birth of J.D. Salinger in 1919, Penguin reissues all four of his books in beautiful commemorative hardback editions - with artwork and text based on the very first Salinger editions published in the 1950s and 1960s.
The hero-narrator of The Catcher in the Rye is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield...
One of the greatest American novels of all time, The Catcher in the Rye is a classic coming-of-age story: an elegy to teenage alienation, capturing the deeply human need for connection and the bewildering sense of loss as we leave childhood behind.
'A perfect novel ... it changed US culture forever' Independent
'It was a very pure voice he had. There was no one like him' Martin Amis
'He was the poet of youthful alienation before youth really knew what that was' Sunday Times
'His work meant a lot to me when I was a young person and his writing still sings now' Dave Eggers
Shortlisted for BBC Big Read Top 100 2003.
J. D. Salinger was born in 1919. He grew up in New York City, and wrote short stories from an early age, but his breakthrough came in 1948 with the publication in The New Yorker of 'A Perfect Day for Bananafish'. The Catcher in the Rye was his first and only novel, published in 1951. It remains one of the most translated, taught and reprinted texts, and has sold some 65 million copies. It was followed by three other books of short stories and novellas, the most recent of which was published in 1963. He lives in Cornish, New Hampshire.