J. D. Salinger

1919 - 2010

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Jerome David Salinger ( SAL-in-jər; January 1, 1919 – January 27, 2010) was an American author best known for his 1951 novel The Catcher in the Rye. Salinger published several short stories in Story magazine in 1940, before serving in World War II. In 1948, his critically acclaimed story "A Perfect Day for Bananafish" appeared in The New Yorker, which published much of his later work. The Catcher in the Rye (1951) was an immediate popular success; Salinger's depiction of adolescent alienation and loss of innocence was influential, especially among adolescent readers. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of J. D. Salinger has received more than 8,169,874 page views. His biography is available in 87 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 83 in 2019). J. D. Salinger is the 178th most popular writer (down from 174th in 2019), the 155th most popular biography from United States (down from 147th in 2019) and the 13th most popular American Writer.

J.D. Salinger is most famous for his novel, The Catcher in the Rye.

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  • 87

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Notable Works

For Esmé - with love and squalor
English Short stories, Fiction, Holden Caulfield (Fictitious character)
Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters; and, Seymour
Families in Fiction, Manners and customs in fiction, Stream-of-Consciousness
Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour J. D. Salinger Two semi-autobiographical novellas in Salinger’s Glass family series. Both stories are written in the stream-of-consciousness style with Raise High the Roof Beam narrated by Buddy Glass as he recalls the day of his brother Seymour’s wedding, which Seymour failed to show up for.
Franny and Zooey
Nine stories
Fiction, Water Microbiology, Social life and customs
First published short story volume by the author of Catcher In The Rye.
Raise high the roof beam, carpenters
American fiction, Translations into Russian
The Catcher in the Rye
fictional works, Runaway teenagers, Fiction
Story of Holden Caufield with his idiosyncrasies, penetrating insight, confusion, sensitivity and negativism. Holden, knowing he is to be expelled from school, decides to leave early. He spends three days in New York City and tells the story of what he did and suffered there.


Among writers, J. D. Salinger ranks 178 out of 7,302Before him are Pliny the Younger, François-René de Chateaubriand, Wisława Szymborska, Taras Shevchenko, Luigi Pirandello, and Svetlana Alexievich. After him are Osamu Dazai, André Breton, Nizami Ganjavi, John Steinbeck, Aldous Huxley, and Constantine VII.

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Among people born in 1919, J. D. Salinger ranks 5Before him are Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Eva Perón, Mikhail Kalashnikov, and Edmund Hillary. After him are Primo Levi, Doris Lessing, Giulio Andreotti, Zhao Ziyang, Kim Jong-suk, Georgios Papadopoulos, and Fausto Coppi. Among people deceased in 2010, J. D. Salinger ranks 2Before him is José Saramago. After him are Lech Kaczyński, Leslie Nielsen, Gloria Stuart, Tony Curtis, Ronnie James Dio, Benoit Mandelbrot, Bobby Farrell, Dennis Hopper, Claude Chabrol, and Éric Rohmer.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, J. D. Salinger ranks 155 out of 20,380Before him are Ray Charles (1930), David Letterman (1947), Steven Seagal (1952), John Adams (1735), Tom Selleck (1945), and Francis Ford Coppola (1939). After him are James Monroe (1758), John Wayne (1907), John Steinbeck (1902), Denzel Washington (1954), Frank Lloyd Wright (1867), and Herbert Hoover (1874).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, J. D. Salinger ranks 13Before him are Henry David Thoreau (1817), Jack London (1876), Toni Morrison (1931), Stephen King (1947), Dr. Seuss (1904), and William Faulkner (1897). After him are John Steinbeck (1902), Dale Carnegie (1888), Ray Bradbury (1920), Herman Melville (1819), Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803), and Arthur Miller (1915).