J. D. Salinger
One of America’s most accomplished and influential short story writers and novelists, J.D. (Jerome David) Salinger grew up in New York and began submitting short stories to journals, magazines and periodicals as a young man in the 1940’s. After serving in the US army during the Second World War, Salinger established a career-long connection with the New Yorker who published almost all of his later short stories including For Esmé - with Love and Squalor and A Perfect Day for Bananafish.
In 1951 Salinger published his iconic cult masterpiece, The Catcher in the Rye. Drawing extensively on Salinger’s own life and experiences, the novel achieved widespread critical commendation and is now widely regarded as a modern classic. Increasingly reclusive in his later life, many of Salinger’s later stories involved the fictional Glass siblings including Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Franny and Zooey.
Part of a beautiful, four-book series issued by Penguin to honour the centennial of the author’s birth, this hardback centenary edition of J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye is a worthy testament to a novel that changed the course of fiction. Originally published in 1951, with its frank, open delivery and subject of teenage alienation, The Catcher in the Rye instantly became a touchstone for disaffected youth. Viewed today, Salinger’s debut continues to pack a narrative punch and can be seen as one of the foundation works of a counter-culture.