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The Catcher in the Rye (Critical Insights)


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Publisher Comments:

For more than fifty years, Catcher, easily the most banned book of the twentieth century American canon, the favorite target of conservative school systems, earnest parents groups, and strident church organizations, has thrived on its reputation as an underground text, passed among ardent readers with cult-like fanaticism, hard core fans who have found in the lonely misfit Holden Caulfield a companion, a friend for life. The essays in this volume offer an examination of the novel's impact over time, and include discussions of the reach of Salinger's influence, Catcher's tumultuous history, and the culture and politics of the post-war era.

Book News Annotation:

Dewey (modern and contemporary American literature, U. of Pittsburgh) compiles 21 essays on J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye. Contributed by writers and scholars of literature, English, and related areas from the US, Canada, and Japan, the classic and contemporary essays approach the novel from the perspective of the reader and address the emotional impact of Holden Caulfield's voice; its literary ancestors; its impact on the perception of adolescence in novels, films, music, and television; and relationship between the novel and its cultural community. They also examine its history, including its banning in postwar America; its critique of capitalism; its themes of discontent in adolescence and Christian compassion; gender studies, social psychology, and media studies' views; the symbolic implications of the death of Holden's younger brother; its ending and Holden's epiphany; and other aspects. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Salinger, J. D.
Salem Press
Dewey, John
Literary Criticism : General
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