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Salinger letters emerge

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Between the years of 1951 and 1993, Salinger wrote a series of letters to his friend E. Michael Mitchell, a graphic artist who designed the original jacket cover of “The Catcher in the Rye” (that famous red horse), and lived next to Salinger in Westport. Two weeks after his death, eleven letters addressed from the […] [Read More]
Categories: General

Holden in the movies?

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I came across this article recently about the prospect of filming “Catcher in the Rye”, and whether or not the book really is “unfilmable.”  Salinger naturally refused to sell the rights during his lifetime, but with his recent death comes a renewed swirl of intrigue over the idea of a movie. Personally, I think it […] [Read More]
Categories: classics, General, Movies

Not-always-so-sweet emotion

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Salinger scares up a perfect summation of adolescence in the initial scenes between Holden and his roommate, Stradlater. Stradlater, who is obviously the ladies man that Holden is not, reveals he has a date with a girl who says she knows Holden: “ ‘I’m thinking … Uh, Jean Gallagher.’ “Boy, I nearly dropped dead when […] [Read More]
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Hello Again, Old Friend

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I was probably a couple of years younger than Holden’s 17 when I first read ‘Catcher.’ Now I’m 25 years older than he was (is).  It’s been a very long time since I’ve reread the book, 10 years or so. But I’m finding I remember much of it more than most of the books I’ve […] [Read More]
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“Boy, that kills me” — Holden’s vernacular

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One of the most distinctive qualities of Salinger’s prose in “Catcher in the Rye” is breezy, colloquial style of the language. In a way, Holden’s mode of self-expression follows in the tradition of Huck Finn’s, and the task of writing in a specific and believable vernacular is, I would imagine, very challenging  — capturing the […] [Read More]
Categories: General

Reading “Catcher”

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“If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into […] [Read More]
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