Reclusive Rebel Who Captured Teen Spirit; JD Salinger: 1919-2010
Byline: ADRIAN SHAW
JD Salinger, author of the classic novel of adolescent angst The Catcher in the Rye, has died aged 91.
so His first book, it inspired generations of teenagers with its themes of alienation and loss of innocence.
Mark Chapman was claimed to be carrying a copy when he shot John Lennon in 1980 - and said it was reading it that drove him to kill.
The revelation made the already reclusive Salinger even more determined to hide away from the world.
He wrote three more novels. But 1951's The Catcher in the Rye had shot him to worldwide fame - selling a total of 60 million copies worldwide.
It details 16-year-old Holden Caulfield's experiences in New York following his expulsion from an upper-crust school. Salinger admitted it was "sort of" autobiographical. But critics blasted its references to casual sex and prostitution, and some countries banned it.
Jerome David Salinger guarded his privacy so jealously that he launched legal battles against unauthorised biographies - and even a memoir by his daughter Margaret, by Claire Douglas, a student he wed in 1956.
The last time Salinger gave an interview was in 1974 - his first in more than 20 years. He called the New York Times to complain about his early works being sold illegally. "Suppose you had a coat you liked and somebody went into your closet and stole it," he told a reporter.
He said he would talk for "only for a minute" but stayed for half an hour. …