The "Catcher Cult"
Acclaimed author JD Salinger generated a ticket to fame after writing his most popular work Catcher in the Rye. For those who haven’t gleamed over his works, Salinger’s main protagonist Holden Caulfield is arguably one of the most distinctive and intriguing characters in American literature.
According to the Associated Press, a biography of Salinger is being releasing this week. Following the biography, Salinger is releasing a post-humorous series in 2015 according to his publishers David Shields and Shane Salerno.
When Catcher in the Rye was published in 1951 it didn’t have initial popularity; however, by the late 1950’s recognition had soared and almost every teenager wanted to get their hands on a copy of the scandalous novel. There was even a “Catcher Cult”. In the 1970’s the book hit a new level of exposure and controversy. Some school teachers were even fired or forced to resign if they assigned the book. In 1979 it was believed to be the most censored book, and was the second most taught book in public high schools (first was John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men).
Known as somewhat of a recluse, his re-emergence into the spotlight is highly anticipated. Since his release of Catcher in the Rye almost half a century ago, there have been no new releases. There have been numerous open ended questions about the book’s main character Holden Caulfield. The series are rumored to revisit Holden Caulfield and reflect on Salinger’s World War II years, and even includes some flavors of eastern religion. His works will also feature new stories about the Glass family of Franny and Zooey and other Salinger works.
Whether you are on board with Salinger or still waiting by the dock, his enormous contributions to American literature have opened many doors to different perspectives and ideas.
Will the some of your questions be answered in his new series? The decision is yours.