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Catcher in the Rye author J.D. Salinger dead at 91

J.D. Salinger author of Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger author of Catcher in the Rye
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Catcher in the Rye author J.D. Salinger is dead at the age of 91. Salinger had isolated himself from the literary world not having published any work since 1965 according to this New York Times blog. CNN reports from a statement given by the family that "in keeping with his life long, uncompromising desire to protect and defend his privacy there will be no service."

Catcher in the Rye was and remains a fundamental part of middle and high school curricula. The book is about a cynical character named Holden Caulfield and was written with themes of alienation and teenage rebellion. Catcher in the Rye may be purchased at any of the local Lexington bookstores and is carried by various branches of the Lexington Public Library.

According to a biography on, Salinger’s “paternal grandfather, Simon, born in Lithuania, was at one time the rabbi for the Adath Jeshurun congregation in Louisville, Kentucky.” Salinger lived in New Hampshire. He died of natural causes.

For More Information:

CNN Salinger obit
'Catcher in the Rye' author J.D. Salinger dies
J.D. Salinger Dies at 91: The Hermit Crab of American Letters
Adath Jeshurun - Louisville


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