The 100 Most Popular Young Adult Authors: Biographical Sketches and Bibliographies

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J. D. Salinger

Coming–of–age stories

New York City
January 1,1919

The Catcher in the Rye

“Still heading the list of favorite books to be censored is the classic story of a teenager's quest for maturity, J. D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye,” June Edwards said. 'Obscene' is the usual cry, based on the four-letter words. 'Blasphemous' claim the protestors over the boy's caustic comments about religious hypocrisy. Catcher has become a symbol for critics of what they perceive to be a vile, ungodly plot on the part of schools to undermine the morals of American schoolchildren.”

In beginning his own writing career, young adult author Paul Zindel surveyed what young people were reading. “I discovered that there weren't many writers who were getting through to them,” he told interviewer Sean Mitchell. “There was Catcher in the Rye, from which so much teen-age literature stems, but I discovered that many teen-agers didn't really understand what it was about.”

“No teenager has known angst quite like Holden Caulfield knew it,” writer Jessica Shaw said. “And no writer has inspired such mythic curiosity as Holden's creator, J. D. Salinger, who—after publishing his classic first novel, The Catcher in the Rye, on July 16, 1951—went into hiding and never came out.”

“By 1981 the original edition of the book had been reprinted thirty-five times and the paperback edition fifty-two times, with a

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