His father, Sol Salinger, sold kosher cheese, and was from a Jewish family of Lithuanian descent,  his own father having been the rabbi for the Adath Jeshurun Congregation in Louisville, Kentucky. Then inthe family moved to Park Avenueand Salinger was enrolled at the McBurney Schoola nearby private school. Salinger started his freshman year at New York University in He considered studying special education  but dropped out the following spring.
Salinger published in The novel details two days in the life of year-old Holden Caulfield after he has been expelled from prep school. He ends up exhausted and emotionally unstable. The events are related after the fact.
The story begins with Holden at Pencey Prep School on his way to the house of his history teacher, Spencer, so that he can say goodbye. He reveals to the reader that he has been expelled for failing most of his classes.
Having agreed, Holden writes about the baseball glove of his younger brother, Allie, who died of leukemia. This causes Holden to storm out and leave Pencey for New York City a few days earlier than planned for Christmas break. Once he arrives in New York, he cannot go home, as his parents do not yet know that he has been expelled.
Instead, he rents a room at the Edmont Hotel, where he witnesses some sexually charged scenes through the windows of other rooms. When he gets back to the hotel, he orders a prostitute to his room, only to talk to her. This situation ends in him being punched in the stomach.
The next morning, Holden calls Sally Hayes, an ex-girlfriend of his. They spend the day together until Holden makes a rude remark and she leaves crying. Holden stays behind and gets drunk by himself. He sneaks in, still not prepared to face his parents, and finds his year-old sister, Phoebe.
She is upset when she hears that Holden has failed out and accuses him of not liking anything. He calls his former English teacher, Mr. Antolini, who tells Holden he can come stay at his apartment. He immediately excuses himself and heads to Grand Central Stationwhere he spends the rest of the night.
She arrives with a packed bag and insists on going with him. He tells her no and instead takes her to the zoo, where he watches her ride the carousel in the pouring rain. This is where the flashback ends. Interpretation The Catcher in the Rye takes the loss of innocence as its primary concern.
If they fall off, they fall off. Publication and initial reception The Caulfield family was one Salinger had already explored in a number of stories that had been published by different magazines.
Holden appeared in some of those stories, even narrating one, but he was not as richly fleshed out in them as he would be in The Catcher in the Rye. The novel, unlike the other stories of the Caulfield family, had difficulties getting published. Originally solicited by Harcourt, Brace and Company, the manuscript was rejected after the head of the trade division asked whether Holden was supposed to be crazy.
After Little, Brown bought the manuscript, Salinger showed it to The New Yorker, assuming that the magazine, which had published several of his short stories, would want to print excerpts from the novel. Many critics were impressed by Holden as a character and, specifically, by his style of narration.
Salinger was able to create a character whose relatability stemmed from his unreliability—something that resonated with many readers.
Others, however, felt that the novel was amateur and unnecessarily coarse. When asked for the rights to adapt it for Broadway or Hollywoodhe emphatically declined. The Catcher in the Rye was also linked to John W. Ronald Reagan in The novel remained influential into the 21st century; indeed, many American high schools included it in their curriculum.
The novel has been banned numerous times because of its salty language and sexual content.Holden recognizes the lingering (and ironic) innocence in Sunny. Though she's a prostitute, she still avoids vulgarities.
A short summary of J. D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye. This free synopsis covers all the crucial plot points of The Catcher in the Rye. Jerome David Salinger (/ ˈ s æ l ɪ n dʒ ər /; January 1, – January 27, ) was an American writer known for his widely read novel, The Catcher in the leslutinsduphoenix.coming his early success publishing short stories and The Catcher in the Rye, Salinger led a very private life for more than a leslutinsduphoenix.com published his final original work in and gave his last interview in At four o’clock the next afternoon he is at her flat.
She opens the door wearing a crumpled T-shirt, cycling shorts, slippers in the shape of comic-book gophers which he finds silly, tasteless. The Catcher in the Rye is a story by J. D. Salinger, partially published in serial form in – and as a novel in A classic novel originally published for adults, it has since become popular with adolescent readers for its themes of teenage angst and alienation.
It has been translated into almost all of the world's major languages. Around 1 million copies are sold each year, with. J.D. Salinger described his work The Catcher in the Rye as a novel about “an individual’s alienation in a heartless world.” Indeed, one of the primary themes that is highlighted throughout Holden Caulfield’s whirlwind narrative of mental breakdown is alienation.