In honour of the centennial of J. D. Salinger, Penguin reissues all four of his books in beautiful commemorative hardback.
Jerome David Salinger, born New York City, Jan. 1, 1919, established his reputation on the basis of a single novel, The Catcher in the Rye (1951), whose principal character, Holden Caulfield, epitomized the growing pains of a generation of high school and college students. The public attention that followed the success of the book led Salinger to move from New York to the remote hills of Cornish, N.H. Before that he had published only a few short stories; one of them, A Perfect Day for Bananafish, which appeared in The New Yorker in 1949, introduced readers to Seymour Glass, a character who subsequently figured in Franny and Zooey (1961) and Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenter and Seymour- An Introduction (1963), Salinger's only other published books. Of his 35 published short stories, those which Salinger wishes to preserve are collected in Nine Stories (1953).
His work meant a lot to me when I was a young person and his
writing still sings. -- Dave Eggers
It was a very pure voice he had. There was no one like him -- Martin Amis
He was the poet of youthful alienation before youth really knew what that was * Sunday Times *