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Author of "The Catcher in the Rye" Dies

"The Catcher in the Rye" was published in 1951.
"The Catcher in the Rye" was published in 1951.

J.D. Salinger, the reclusive author who wrote "The Catcher in the Rye" has died. He was 91.

His son says Salinger died of natural causes at his home in rural New Hampshire.

"The Catcher in the Rye" was published in 1951. The notorious book has been frequently banned from schools because of its use of profanity, religious slurs and frank depictions of teen sex.

"The Catcher in the Rye" has sold more than 60 million copies worldwide and been the inspiration of artists and writers for generations. Unfortunately, the myth of "Catcher In The Rye'' took a catastrophic turn in 1980 when a mentally ill Beatles fan named Mark David Chapman shot and killed John Lennon outside of his New York apartment, claiming the book was his inspiration.

In addition to being the author of "Catcher in the Rye," Salinger was also famous for not wanting to be famous. He lived much of his adult life in isolation -- inspiring many rumors about his crazy lifestyle.

If you've never read Salinger's "Catcher in the Rye," perhaps now is the time. It's not available for download onto your Kindle, but you can find it at a used bookstore or on the shelf at your local library. Put down the Cliff's Notes! This is one book that you really have to read all the way through. It will long be considered a classic. And will there be unpublished manuscripts found after Salinger's death that are sold to the highest bidder? I wouldn't be surprised. Stay tuned.

Rest in Peace, J.D.


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