Censorship in Salinger’s ‘The Catcher in the Rye’

Currently reading a new biography of Jerry Salinger, if I may be a tad familiar, so of course this caught my eye. There’s a legend that my father suspected the Beatles of being a communist plot so this seems plausible I guess!


91ycNzZu1mL._SL1500_On the 16th of July 1951, The Catcher in the Rye, a novel by J. D. Salinger was published by Little, Brown and Company in the United States. Initially intended for an adult audience, the book soon found its own readership and has since become enormously popular with adolescents, mainly as it explores themes such as teenage angst, alienation and rebellion. Before its publication, there did not seem to be the awareness that adolescents should be looked upon as social outsiders with a particular way of thinking and living. Sarah Graham, author of a Routledge guide to the novel, said that, “It absolutely speaks to that moment the teenager emerges as a recognisable social group. Before that, people went through their teenage years with no sense it was a particular kind of identity. It is the first novel of the modern teenage years.” The Catcher in the Rye was…

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