The extremely talented author J.D. Salinger has died at the age of 91, according to a report from the New York Times. He was known for shying away from the limelight even though his literary works became some of the most coveted in the entertainment industry. He created one of the most well known, often imitated, but never duplicated characters of all time.
Salinger was a man all about his privacy, so he retired in 1965 to keep hold of it. Before he went into seclusion he graced us with his prized possession, The Catcher in the Rye. It was the tale of an edgy teenager named Holden Caulfield who would be reborn in several films throughout history echoing the sentiment of repressed youth. The book was published in 1951, and went on to become a classic taught in schools and heavily used as an examination of the times.
When Catcher was first released no one knew what to make of it. Some people saw it as a modernized version of Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, but it soon became a standard of its own. Many directors have tried to make big screen adaptations of the story, but no one has been able to put together anything worthy of the name. The most heavily influenced film that comes close is 1955′s Rebel Without a Cause starring James Dean.
Salinger is survived by Ms. O’Neill; his son, Matt; his daughter, Margaret; and three grandsons.
His literary agents said in their statement that “in keeping with his lifelong, uncompromising desire to protect and defend his privacy, there will be no service, and the family asks that people’s respect for him, his work and his privacy be extended to them, individually and collectively, during this time.”
The one quote that best describes the reclusive author is, “he was in this world but not of it.”
R.I.P. J.D. Salinger
What was your favorite J.D. Salinger piece of literature?