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J.D.
 Salinger’s
 The
 Catcher
 in
 the
 Rye
 
  Miranda
 Hensley
 p.6
 
  Term
 Paper
 

 

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  One
 of
 the
 most
 controversial
 yet
 influential
 authors
 of
 the
 20th
 century,
 J.D.
  Salinger,
 led
 an
 intriguing
 life
 to
 say
 the
 least.
 His
 most
 popular
 work,
 The
 Catcher
 in
  the
 Rye,
 is
 a
 coming-­‐of-­‐age
 novel
 that
 has
 sparked
 strong,
 opinionated
 debates
  amongst
 the
 people
 of
 America
 since
 its
 release
 in
 the
 1950’s.
 Its
 impact
 on
 society
  in
 the
 1950’s
 until
 present
 day
 should
 be
 highly
 praised
 for
 creating
 the
 thriving
  society
 full
 of
 independent
 thinkers
 that
 we
 so
 cherish
 today.
 Its
 origin,
 from
 a
  brilliant
 reclusive
 author,
 J.D.
 Salinger
 is
 of
 equal
 importance.
  Jerome
 David
 Salinger
 was
 born
 January
 1st,
 1919
 in
 New
 York
 City,
 New
  York.
 His
 father,
 Sol
 Salinger
 was
 the
 son
 of
 a
 rabbi.
 His
 mother
 on
 the
 other
 hand,
  Miriam,
 was
 Scottish.
 Salinger’s
 childhood,
 taking
 place
 in
 the
 20’s,
 his
 family’s
  background
 was
 quite
 controversial.
 Because
 his
 mother
 was
 from
 a
 non-­‐Jewish
  background
 the
 Salinger’s
 were
 a
 mixed
 family,
 which
 in
 this
 era,
 was
 looked
 down
  upon.
 For
 the
 sake
 of
 their
 children,
 the
 Salinger’s
 kept
 Miriam’s
 background
 hidden
  until
 after
 J.D.,
 or
 Sonny,
 (which
 was
 Salinger’s
 nickname
 growing
 up)
 had
 his
 bar
  mitzvah.
 Until
 that
 point,
 Salinger
 grew
 up
 experiencing
 a
 relatively
 normal
  childhood.
 (Biography.com)
 
  Perhaps
 one
 of
 the
 first
 more
 significant
 events
 of
 Salinger’s
 life
 did
 not
 come
 

until
 he
 was
 in
 secondary
 school.
 He
 was
 enrolled
 in
 the
 McBurney
 School
 on
 New
  York’s
 upper
 west
 side,
 until
 he
 ended
 up
 flunking
 out.
 When
 this
 happened
 his
  parents
 sent
 him
 away
 to
 Valley
 Forge
 Military
 Academy
 hundreds
 of
 miles
 away
 in
  Wayne,
 Pennsylvania.
 Here
 Salinger
 finishes
 up
 his
 high
 school
 career
 before
 

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returning
 home
 to
 New
 York.
 Once
 in
 New
 York
 he
 decides
 to
 set
 off
 for
 his
 next
  great
 adventure;
 Europe.
 
 
  Salinger
 spends
 most
 of
 his
 time
 in
 Europe
 in
 Vienna,
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