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J. D. Salinger

(1919 - 2010)

J.D. Salinger, born on January 1, 1919, in New York City, made an indelible mark on American literature primarily through his novel "The Catcher in the Rye." Published in 1951, this seminal work captures the disillusionment of post-war America through the eyes of its disenchanted teen protagonist, Holden Caulfield. Salinger's narrative style—intimate, conversational, and deeply introspective—has influenced generations of writers and storytellers. Besides "The Catcher in the Rye," Salinger published several collections of short stories, including "Nine Stories" and "Franny and Zooey," exploring themes of angst, alienation, and human connection. Renowned for his reclusive lifestyle, Salinger published his last work in 1965 and lived a private life until his death on January 27, 2010. His reluctance for public life and the media has added an aura of mystery around his persona, making his literary contributions all the more compelling.

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