Great American Writers: Twentieth Century - Vol. 10

Great American Writers: Twentieth Century - Vol. 10

Great American Writers: Twentieth Century - Vol. 10

Great American Writers: Twentieth Century - Vol. 10

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J. D. Saliger: BORN: January 1, 1919, New York, New York

IDENTIFICATION: PostWorld War II novelist and shortstory writer noted for capturing the voice of the postwar generations youth and for disappearing from public view after the 1960s.

During the 1950s and 1960s, J. D. Salinger embodied the style of fiction writing that captured the voice of a generation unsure of itself and its place in the world following World War II. With a very small body of work—one true novel and a handful of short stories—he captured the pains of adolescence and the hearts of a legion of faithful readers. As his popularity increased, his growing frustration with the intrusiveness of public life led him to shun interviews and eventually publicity altogether. Salinger did, however, reappear into public view to defend his privacy and the legal rights of his works.

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