J.D. Salinger passes away
Catcher in the Rye author J.D. Salinger has died at age 91 in New Hampshire. [Obituary continues]
J.D. Salinger, a World War II veteran, is best known to me as much for The Catcher in the Rye as he is for his reclusion: after the success of Catcher (now required reading in high schools across the country, including mine), he shunned the publicity he had earned, even well before his work was associated with the death of John Lennon. At the time of Mr. Salinger's passing, he had not published anything in more than forty years. Even his character in the novel Field of Dreams was replaced by James Earl Jones' fictional author, Terence Mann. Though both novelists share reclusive traits, the book is worth reading for how large a role Mr. Salinger has in it; even if it is a work of fiction, it does much to humanize the the mythological author.
Rest in peace, dream catcher.