RIP J.D. Salinger

Posted by kacates on January 28, 2010

Everyone is reporting that J.D. Salinger, author of The Catcher in the Rye and creator of one of the most famous rebellious teenage characters in literature, died today at the age of 91.  He'd lived in almost total obscurity for almost 50 years, after publishing his last story in the New Yorker in 1965.  Whether you loved Holden Caulfield or not, Salinger's creation had a huge effect on YA literature.  The Catcher in the Rye plays a huge role in one of my favorite recent YA novels, King Dork by Frank Portman.

If you loved his work, if you hated it, or even if you've never heard of this Salinger guy, it's worth checking out his New York Times obituary.