J. D. Salinger: Influential American Writer

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J.D. Salinger: Influential American Writer
“An artist 's only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else 's” (Salinger 198). JD Salinger was an extremely influential writer in the 20th Century. Though he did not write many works, he is still a very well known author in American Literature. He is mainly known for The Catcher and the Rye. There is a strong relationship between his life and his literature, and there are many connections between the two. Salinger also has recurring themes in many of his books.
JD Salinger was born in New York on January 1st, 1919. He was the youngest of two children, and the son of a rabbi. Salinger did poorly in school and flunked out of a school in his hometown and
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Towards the end of The Catcher and the Rye, Holden talks about a poem written by Robert Burns called Comin’ Thro the Rye. He mishears the line and believes it is “If a body catch a body comin’ thro the rye” (Salinger 115). Holden then comes up with the idea of “the Catcher in the Rye”, where he is standing at the edge of a cliff with rye on it while children are playing, and catches any children that are too close to the edge of the cliff and saves them from falling off. This is a metaphor and a symbol, inferring that Holden wants to save them from going into adulthood and to stay a …show more content…
Franny, the main character is sick of the phoniness of people at her school and has a spiritual breakdown. JD Salinger himself had breakdowns and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after fighting World War II and surviving the invasion of Normandy (Medicus). Franny and Salinger both disliked the world they were in at times, and isolated themselves. Salinger moved out of New York in 1953 and moved into Cornish, New Hampshire. He stayed out of the public eye and isolated himself from society. Even in the final years of his life, he moved into the mountains until his death. He had another small cabin that was isolated from even his own house, just so he could go there to write and be alone when he wanted (Medicus). Both Salinger and Franny had lived in New York in their

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