Reclusive literary giant J.D. Salinger, who wrote the American postwar literary classic “The Catcher in the Rye,” has died of natural causes at age 91.
“The Catcher in the Rye” was published in 1951. Its story of alienation and rebellion, featuring the teenage hero Holden Caulfield, immediately resonated with adolescent and young adult readers.
Alarmed by his sudden fame, Salinger has been a recluse since 1953, ferociously protecting his privacy in Cornish, a small town in northwest New Hampshire. Besides “Catcher” he published only a few books and collections of short stories.
Neighbors in Cornish rarely saw him and he never returned phone calls or letters from readers or admirers. Only rumors, infrequent sightings, and rare, brief interviews brought him to public attention.