The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye Author J. D. Salinger
ISBN-10 1517020131
Year 2015-08-23
Pages 162
Language en

Holden begins his story at Pencey Preparatory, an exclusive private school (fictional, though based on Salinger's own experience at Valley Forge Military Academy) in Agerstown, Pennsylvania, on the Saturday afternoon of the traditional football game with rival school Saxon Hall. Holden ends up missing the game. As manager of the fencing team, he loses their equipment on a New York City subway train that morning, resulting in the cancellation of a match. He goes to the home of his history teacher named Mr. Spencer. Holden has been expelled and isn't to return after Christmas break, which begins the following Wednesday. Spencer is a well-meaning but long-winded middle-aged man. To Holden's annoyance, Spencer reads aloud Holden's history paper, in which Holden wrote a note to Spencer so his teacher wouldn't feel bad about failing him in the subject.

J D Salinger s Catcher in the Rye

J D  Salinger s Catcher in the Rye Author Joseph Claro
ISBN-10 0812034074
Year 1984
Pages 90
Language en
Publisher Barron's Educational Series

A guide to reading "Catcher in the Rye" with a critical and appreciative mind. Includes background on the author's life and times, sample tests, term paper suggestions, and a reading list.

The Catcher in the Rye and Philosophy

The Catcher in the Rye and Philosophy Author Keith Dromm
ISBN-10 9780812698022
Year 2012-10-09
Pages 288
Language en
Publisher Open Court

Few novels have had more influence on individuals and literary culture than J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye. Published in 1951 and intended by Salinger for adults (early drafts were published in the New Yorker and Colliers), the novel quickly became championed by youth who identified with the awkwardness and alienation of the novel’s protagonist, Holden Caulfield. Since then the book and its reclusive author have been fixtures of both popular and literary culture. Catcher is perhaps the only modern novel that is revered equally by the countless Americans whom Holden Caulfield helped through high school and puberty and literary critics (such as the New Yorker’s Adam Gopnik who insisted as recently as 2010 that Catcher is a "perfect" twentieth-century novel). One premise of The Catcher in the Rye and Philosophy is that the ease and sincerity with which readers identify with Holden Caulfield rests on Salinger’s attention to the nuances and qualities of experience in the modern world. Coupled with Salinger’s deft subjective, first-person style, Holden comes to seem more real than any fictional character should. This and other paradoxes raised by the novel are treated by authors who find answers in philosophy, particularly in twentieth-century phenomenology and existentialism--areas of philosophy that share Salinger’s attention to lived, as opposed to theorized, experience. Holden’s preoccupation with “phonies,” along with his constant striving to interpret and judge the motives and beliefs of those around him, also taps into contemporary interest in philosophical theories of justice and Harry Frankfurt’s recently celebrated analysis of "bullshit." Per Salinger’s request, Catcher has never been made into a movie. One measure of the devotion and fanatical interest Catcher continues to inspire, however, is speculation in blogs and magazines about whether movie rights may become available in the wake of Salinger’s death in 2010. These articles remain purely hypothetical, but the questions they inspire--Who would direct? And, especially, Who would star as Holden Caulfield?--are as vivid and real as Holden himself.


Salinger Author David Shields
ISBN-10 9781476744858
Year 2014-09-09
Pages 720
Language en
Publisher Simon and Schuster

Draws on extensive research and exclusive interviews to share previously undisclosed aspects of the enigmatic writer's life, from his private relationships and service in World War II to his legal concerns and innermost secrets.

Holden s conflicts in J D Salinger s Catcher in the Rye

Holden s conflicts in J D  Salinger s  Catcher in the Rye Author Dirk Lepping
ISBN-10 9783638209601
Year 2003-07-27
Pages 7
Language en
Publisher GRIN Verlag

Essay from the year 2000 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 2,0 (B), University of Münster (English Seminar Münster), course: American Teenage Culture of the 50s, language: English, abstract: There aren’t many heroes in contemporary literature who have aroused so much devotion, imitation or controversy as J.D. Salinger’s Holden Caulfield. Salinger's novel The Catcher in the Rye, which was banned in America after its first publication, has influenced teenagers and adolescents until today. The very first lines of Salinger’s novel The Catcher in the Rye apparently indicate that something has happened to Holden that perhaps most readers would not want to know about: "If you really want to hear about it...". So, what is The Catcher in the Rye actually about? It is the story of Holden Caulfield, a teenager growing up in New York, who has been expelled from school. In an attempt to deal with this situation, he decides to take a trip to New York, but this trip becomes a complete horror trip, during which he frequently suffers from unexplained depression, feelings of isolation and thoughts of suicide. Finally, his trip ends in a nervous breakdown. Told as a monologue, the book describes Holden's thoughts and activities of this threeday odyssey. Therefore the reader is forced to see social problems from Holden's point of view. Holden is confused about much of the world around him and he is disillusioned with life. One of the most significant features of Holden Caulfield’s character and personality is his relationship to other people. The way he feels and thinks about others as well as the way he treats them, reflects his difficulties with the world he lives in. Undoubtedly, there is a close link between Holden’s attitude towards social conventions and requirements since the people Holden is involved with represent a part of society. On the other hand, relationships always imply feelings, which enables the reader to get an insight into Holden’s emotional frame of mind. [...]

J D Salinger s The Catcher in the Rye

J D  Salinger s The Catcher in the Rye Author Sarah Graham
ISBN-10 9781134286553
Year 2007-06-11
Pages 144
Language en
Publisher Routledge

J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye (1951) is a twentieth-century classic. Despite being one of the most frequently banned books in America, generations of readers have identified with the narrator, Holden Caulfield, an angry young man who articulates the confusion, cynicism and vulnerability of adolescence with humour and sincerity. This guide to Salinger’s provocative novel offers: an accessible introduction to the text and contexts of The Catcher in the Rye a critical history, surveying the many interpretations of the text from publication to the present a selection of new critical essays on the The Catcher in the Rye, by Sally Robinson, Renee R. Curry, Denis Jonnes, Livia Hekanaho and Clive Baldwin, providing a range of perspectives on the novel and extending the coverage of key critical approaches identified in the survey section cross-references between sections of the guide, in order to suggest links between texts, contexts and criticism suggestions for further reading. Part of the Routledge Guides to Literature series, this volume is essential reading for all those beginning detailed study of The Catcher in the Rye and seeking not only a guide to the novel, but a way through the wealth of contextual and critical material that surrounds Salinger’s text.

J D Salinger s The Catcher in the Rye

J D  Salinger s The Catcher in the Rye Author Harold Bloom
ISBN-10 9780791092965
Year 2007
Pages 127
Language en
Publisher Infobase Publishing

An overview of the work features a biographical sketch of the author, a list of characters, a summary of the plot, and critical and analytical views of the work.

Catcher in the Rye

Catcher in the Rye Author Stuart A. Kallen
ISBN-10 1560067837
Year 2001-01
Pages 96
Language en

An introduction to Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye" discusses the author's life, his perceptions of society in the 1950s, and the novel's plot, characters, and themes.

Catcher in the Rye the MAXNotes Literature Guides

Catcher in the Rye  the  MAXNotes Literature Guides Author Robert S. Holzman
ISBN-10 0738669571
Year 2012-05-01
Pages 120
Language en
Publisher Research & Education Assoc.

MAXnotes offer a fresh look at masterpieces of literature, presented in a lively and interesting fashion. Written by literary experts who currently teach the subject, MAXnotes will enhance your understanding and enjoyment of the work. MAXnotes are designed to stimulate independent thought about the literary work by raising various issues and thought-provoking ideas and questions. MAXnotes cover the essentials of what one should know about each work, including an overall summary, character lists, an explanation and discussion of the plot, the work's historical context, illustrations to convey the mood of the work, and a biography of the author. Each chapter is individually summarized and analyzed, and has study questions and answers.

J D Salinger

J D  Salinger Author Raychel Haugrud Reiff
ISBN-10 0761425942
Year 2008
Pages 158
Language en
Publisher Marshall Cavendish

"A biography of writer J.D. Salinger that describes his era, his major works--especially The catcher in the rye, his life, and the legacy of his writing"--Provided by publisher.

Ham On Rye

Ham On Rye Author Charles Bukowski
ISBN-10 9780061851919
Year 2009-10-13
Pages 288
Language en
Publisher Harper Collins

In what is widely hailed as the best of his many novels, Charles Bukowski details the long, lonely years of his own hardscrabble youth in the raw voice of alter ego Henry Chinaski. From a harrowingly cheerless childhood in Germany through acne-riddled high school years and his adolescent discoveries of alcohol, women, and the Los Angeles Public Library's collection of D. H. Lawrence, Ham on Rye offers a crude, brutal, and savagely funny portrait of an outcast's coming-of-age during the desperate days of the Great Depression.

Mind Race

Mind Race Author Patrick E. Jamieson
ISBN-10 0195309065
Year 2006-08-15
Pages 174
Language en
Publisher Oxford University Press

A practical guide for young people diagnosed with bipolar disorder covers such topics as causes of bipolar disorder, psychiatric hospitalization, symptoms, and medications.

Class Conflict in F Scott Fitzgerald s The Great Gatsby

Class Conflict in F  Scott Fitzgerald s The Great Gatsby Author Claudia Johnson
ISBN-10 0737738995
Year 2008
Pages 153
Language en
Publisher Greenhaven Press, Incorporated

Presents essays that examine class conflict and other related issues in "The Great Gatsby," discussing such topics as class snobbery and education, the universality of class divisions, and humor and class criticism.