J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, Boston: Little, Brown, 1951

  1. Christopher MacGowan

Published Online: 24 FEB 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444393675.ch50

The Twentieth-Century American Fiction Handbook

The Twentieth-Century American Fiction Handbook

How to Cite

MacGowan, C. (2011) J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, Boston: Little, Brown, 1951, in The Twentieth-Century American Fiction Handbook, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444393675.ch50

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 FEB 2012
  2. Published Print: 21 JAN 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405160230

Online ISBN: 9781444393675

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Keywords:

  • J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye (1951);
  • The Catcher in the Rye, one of the most widely read American novels - of the second half of the twentieth century;
  • events of the novel, occurring over 48 hours in Christmas week 1949 - narrator Holden Caulfield, describing his hours in Manhattan between leaving;
  • Holden, like Huck, planning to escape “somewhere out west” - Huck, actually making his escape;
  • novel, and commentary - centering upon character of its narrator;
  • Holden's relationship to his siblings, with the wish - to stop time, a symptom of his crisis about growing older;
  • “The best thing” for Holden, about displays - in the American Museum of Natural History;
  • Holden's attitude toward telling his story - an important part of his characterization;
  • Holden, telling his story in a way - reflecting his tastes in literature and drama;
  • Holden, deciding to call Mr. Antolini - after telling Phoebe of his dream to be a “catcher in the rye,” part of a game different from that in Mr. Spencer's cliched advice

Summary

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