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The Catcher in The Rye

Jerome David Salinger





Jerome David Salinger was born in New York City on January 1st, 1919. He entered the Valley Forge Military Academy in Pennsylvania in the year 1934 and graduated two years later. Throughout 1938 he traveled across Europe. He started publishing books from 1939 on, when he got his first story writing course taught by Whit Burnett at Columbia University. His first short story, The Young Folks, was published the following year. He
He was drafted into the US Army in 1942 and was sent to Europe in 1944. His division was part of the D-Day invasion force and he was sent back to the USA in 1945. Salinger began to publish regularly in the Saturday Evening Post and the New Yorker. With "The Catcher in the Rye", published in 1951, he gained worldwide fame. He married Claire Douglas in 1955 and had one daughter, Margaret Ann and one son, Matthew. He published his last book in 1965, "Hapworth 16, 1924", he divorced in 1967 and withdrew from public life. Now Jerome David Salinger lives alone and withdrawn in Cornish, New Hampshire in New England on the East Coast.