The literary world lost an important player on Wednesday when J.D. Salinger passed away at the age of 91. The author of The Catcher in the Rye, Franny and Zooey, Nine Stories, and Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction, Salinger died at his home in Cornish, N.H. from natural causes. As the New York Times wrote, he was “famous for not wanting to be famous” and lived a life of seclusion for more than 50 years. His last printed work, Hapworth 16, 1924, appeared in the June 19, 1965 issue of The New Yorker. For more details on Salinger’s life and influence, check out the extensive New York Times obituary. And be sure to browse the Free Library catalog for our many Salinger-related materials!
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