who was born in New York City in 1919 to a Jewish father and Scottish-Irish mother is one of the most famous American modern novelists. His representative works, including The Catcher in the Rye, Nine Stories, Fanny and Zooey, and so on...
Although the known facts of his life are sparse and undramatic, J .D .Salinger’s influence on American youth since the 1950s has been profound. More than 40 years after the publication of The Catcher in the Rye, students are still sharing it with each other.
Young people find that Salinger speaks to them with genuine understanding as they grapple with contradiction and mixed messages in society today .Moreover, his insights into the human condition, as experienced by adolescents, are just as valid for adults as they, too, cope with life in all of its complexities and compromises.
In 1915, Salinger published his best—known novel, The Catcher in the Rye. The book was proved to be an instant best seller. His picture appeared on the cover of Time magazine, and become a hero of college students across the country. The novel starts with the narrator, Holden Caulfield, a sixteen-year-old boy from New York City, of his three days story in his experience. He cannot relate to anyone except his kid sister Phoebe. Everything and all other people seem “Phony” to him. Holden is unable to accept life. Then Holden turns to the only person he can think of, his sister Phoebe. He tells her about his dream to be a “catcher in the rye”, and his idea of running away. Finally, his sister who tells him that he wants to run away with him and that she will never go back to school. Holden sees himself in her and finally changes his mind and decides to go back to his parents.