The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

The Catcher in the Rye

J.D. Salinger
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  • ISBN
    9780316769488 / 0316769487
  • Title The Catcher in the Rye
  • Author J.D. Salinger
  • Category Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)
  • Format
    Mass Market Paperback
  • Year 1991
  • Pages 224
  • Publisher
    Little Brown and Company
  • Imprint Little, Brown and Company
  • Language English
  • Dimensions 110mm x 15mm x 172mm


Holden, knowing he is to be expelled from school, decides to leave early. He spends three days in New York City and tells the story of what he did and suffered there.

Publisher Description

Anyone who has read J.D. Salinger's New Yorker stories, particularly A Pe rfect Day for Bananafish, Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut, The Laughing Man, and For Esme, With Love and Squalor, will not be surprised by the fact th at his first novel is fully of children. The hero-narrator of THE CATCHER IN THE RYE is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield. Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, secondhand description, he leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for three days. The boy himself is at once too simple and too complex for us to make any final comment about him or his story. Perhaps the safest thing we can say about Holden is that he was born in the world not just strongly attracted to beauty but, almost, hopelessly impaled on it. There are many voices in this novel: children's voices, adult voices, underground voices-but Holden's voice is the most eloquent of all. Transcending his own vernacular, yet remaining marvelously faithful to it, he issues a perfectly articulated cry of mixed pain and pleasure. However, like most lovers and clowns and poets of the higher orders, he keeps most of the pain to, and for, himself. The pleasure he gives away, or sets aside, with all his heart. It is there for the reader who can handle it to keep.

Author Biography

Salinger attended a military academy in Pennsylvania and three colleges.

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