The Brilliant J.D. Salinger Dies at 91

What can I say about J.D. Salinger. A 91 year-old man, who was a recluse, there’s definitely no scandal or hookup here. But Salinger, the author of classic books such as Catcher in the Rye and Franny and Zooey has passed away in his home in Cornish, New Hampshire. I really cannot say how much this saddens me. Catcher in the Rye really did get me through high school and I never remember a character that was so brilliantly written, and so utterly relatable as was Holden Caufield. I have a copy with wrinkles and bends in it sitting on my shelf amongst my greats and although it’s my second copy of the book, it’s for the better. My first was so tattered, and it even had a few pages missing it was so worn.

Other than his work, which was so unspeakably well-done and true masterpieces of their kind, J.D. Salinger was also mostly known, ironically, for being a recluse. J.D. had no interest in the celebrity lifestyle and truly just cared about his characters and living his life as peacefully and as simply as he could.

J.D. Salinger has also been known as being an author that had been banned from schools. I remember when I was first introduced to Catcher in the Rye in the high school, it was a big deal because a lot of schools had just put it on their ‘black list’ of books for academic reading. All of this because it includes the “F-word.” And Holden even tries to rub it out! What more do you want him to do? And thank God that my school still allowed it,  too. Had it been banned, who knows if I would have ever stumbled upon the treasure and I have to say, was one of those books that truly changed my life, and my entire way of thinking.

Doing a little research, quite sadly, about J.D.’s passing, I stumbled upon an article where Stephen King spoke of J.D.’s death. This piqued my interest even more because, out of all my favorite authors in the whole entire world, I’d have to say that Stephen and J.D. would be in a tug of war. King though had some interesting thoughts and although he sounds saddened by J.D.’s passing, too, he also sounds more interested in what works Salinger had lurking behind those closed doors. Interesting thought. From Contact Music,

“Horror author-turned-columnist STEPHEN KING has paid tribute to literary great J.D. SALINGER – even though he was never a big fan.
In a post on EW.com, the Carrie writer admits he’s intrigued by what the reclusive Salinger wrote and didn’t publish in the last three decades of his life.
King says, “I’m sorry to hear of his passing – the way you’d feel if you heard an eccentric, short-tempered, but often fascinating uncle had passed away.
“It is a milestone of sorts, because Salinger was the last of the great post-WWII American writers, and in (his The Catcher in the Rye anti-hero) Holden Caulfield – maybe the greatest American-boy narrator since (Tom Sawyer character) Huck Finn – he created an authentic Voice of the Age: funny, anxious, at odds with himself, and badly lost.
“Salinger’s death may answer one question that has intrigued readers, writers, and critics for nearly half a century – what literary trove of unpublished work may he have left behind? Much? Some? Or none? Salinger is gone, but if we’re lucky, he may have more to say, even so.”
Salinger passed away at his home in New Hampshire on Wednesday (27Jan10). He was 91.”

Rest in peace, J.D. The world has lost a legend of the truest kind.

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