The Catcher in the Rye


“The Catcher in the Rye” as a Revolt Against the 1950’s

Touching a nerve in readers and critics alike, The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger’s first novel, was “a very revolutionary book for the America of the early 1950’s,” according to Elizabeth Frank, a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and professor of Modern Languages and Literature at Bard College. Watch Film Outtake of Salinger The Catcher in […]


Edward Norton’s Analysis of “The Catcher in the Rye”

Actor and producer Edward Norton shares his memories of reading The Catcher of Rye as an adolescent, and his analysis of the character Holden Caulfield and the way author J.D. Salinger uses dialogue and narrative in the novel. Watch Film Outtake of Salinger “The first experience of reading that book is magical,” says Norton of […]


Infographic: The Path to The Catcher in the Rye

In 1951 J.D. Salinger published The Catcher in the Rye, a debut novel that became one of the best known works in American literature. The book’s beloved anti-hero, Holden Caulfield, had been making appearances in Salinger’s writing since 1941. Follow the milestones in Salinger’s career that led to his most famous book. Click the image […]