Debut Authors – What Salinger Did Next…

Now I have explored the debut novel of J.D Salinger, it’s time to go a little further through the wardrobe to unearth what he did post-Holden Caulfield…


Author: Jerome David Salinger (1919–2010)

Début novel: The Catcher in the Rye (1951)

Age of author when debut published: 32

140 character review: An articulate and entertaining glimpse into the mind of an every teen, with contradictions and confusion aplenty! (Original review posted here – 4 stars)

Favourite quote from debut: “I don’t exactly know what I mean by that, but I mean it.”

Reception of debut: Reactions to Salinger’s debut were mixed to say the least! The New York Times hailed it as “an unusually brilliant first novel” and it quickly became the book all adolescents had to read, shooting to the top of the bestseller lists. The readership of the tale of Holden Caulfield became so ingrained in its time, and in popularity, that articles were written about the “Catcher Cult”. However, the reception of the debut was not perfect. Some critics openly and aggressively chastised the book for its ‘immoral’ and ‘uncouth’ content and The Catcher in the Rye was banned in several countries as well as in some schools. It’s still a considered to be a controversial title but has stood the test of time and enjoys waves of popularity with each generation of angsty teen readers!

Other notable works:

Nine Stories (1953)

Franny and Zooey (1961)

Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters & Seymour: An introduction (1963)


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