Holden and Salinger

I researched a little about the author of the book I’m reading, The Catcher and the Rye. His name is J.D. Salinger. He was born in New York, and was quite a rebellious kid during his childhood and adolescence, but I’ll get to that later. His writing career received a little push from one of his teachers, Whit Burnett. He started writing short stories and other stuff. But his career had to be interrupted because of WWII, and he had to serve in the army. There he suffered a nervous breakdown and while he was in the hospital he met his future wife, but they only lasted eight months together. Then he married a second time in 1955, and after a little more than a decade and two children, they got divorced.

Now about his teenage years, Salinger was just like the main character of his novel, Holden Caulfield. Salinger flunked out of  McBurney School, so his parents shipped him off to Valley Forge Military Academy in Wayne, Pennsylvania. This shows that he didn’t care about school or any other academic activities and was probably a bit lazy, just like Holden.

Now that I know at least a tiny portion of who is J.D. Salinger, I can say that his novel was highly influenced by his own life; and that indeed, Holden is close to an  autobiographical character.


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