Author J.D. Salinger dies at 91
January 28, 2010
Reclusive author J.D. Salinger, once thought to be the most important American writer to emerge since World War II, died Wednesday at his New Hampshire home at the age of 91. [New York Times]
Salinger died of natural causes at his 90-acre Cornish home, where he had lived in seclusion for the last 50 years, having expressed a desire to be left alone.
The fiction writer is best known for the iconic “Catcher in the Rye,” published in 1951, making main character Holden Caulfield the voice of a new generation. Thousands of copies of the book continue to sell to this day.
“The novel struck a nerve in Cold Wat America and quickly gained cult status,” says the New York Times. “Reading ‘Catcher in the Rye’ used to be an essential rite of passage, almost as important as getting a learner’s permit.”