J.D. Salinger

By: Jacoby Ford, Diontae Tucker, and Jesus Garcia

JD Salinger

Jerome David Salinger, an author of the famous book, 'Catcher in the Rye'. Toward the end of writing his book, the author became reclusive, meaning he banished away from modern society for a half-century. He published his final original work in 1965 and gave his last interview in 1980. In his life, he married 3 women and had 2 children. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._D._Salinger)

How might the 2nd World War have affected JD Salinger and his writing?

Salinger had a successful military career, but the things he saw affected him deeply. He was one of the few soldiers, landed on the beach, on whats known as "D-Day", and survived to the end of the war. Salinger witnessed the first-hand horrors of the holocaust, being one of the first soldiers to experience the concentration camps. According to Salinger's daughter, the concentration camps bothered him more than anything. Before the 2nd World War, JD Salinger began writing his greatest novel. Throughout the war, he felt that he was his main character, "Holden Caufield."


Describing JD Salingers Lifestyle...

Salinger chose a lifestyle of reclusive activity. Meaning he basically vanished from modern society! The riot the book caused was too much to carry on his shoulders. Sort of like Holden Caufield, the main character in his most famous novel; who banished away from the people he knew (pg 52).

What So Ironic About Matt Salinger (JD Salinger's son)?

Matt Salinger is famous for his career as an actor in the 1980s & 1990s for roles such as "Captain America" or "Danny Burke" in Revenge of the Nerds . To "act" means to pretend to be somebody or something you're not. In a way, that could be looked at as a phony or fake. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matt_Salinger)

How does Salingers biography contribute to an understanding of Holden Caufield?

Holden Caufield and JD Salinger are similar in many ways. Salinger and Holden both struggled with unwanted attention. JD Salinger, as well as Hoden Caufield, isolate themselves in a way, and become people of recluse activity. JD Salinger, after he writes the novel, moves away from everybody as we know. Holden, after he gets kicked out of Pencey, moves to New York for a few days, away from everyone he knows. They both exhibit careless behavior because of the way they just up and leave the people that know for them. (www.biographybase.com/biography/Salinger_J_D.html)

Catcher in the Rye Movie?

JD Salinger forbids directors to make a movie out of his book. Salinger wants the readers of his writing to picture their own images in their minds of how they interpreted the book. Its believed if there was a movie, the listed people would be good potential actors in the famous roles...

-Holden: Dave Franco

-Ackley: Aaron Paul

-Stradlater: Liam Hemsworth

-Phoebe: Willow Shields

-Jane: Jennifer Carpenter


How might have JD Salingers relationships affected his writing?

Sylvia Welter (1945–1947), Claire Douglas(1955–1967) , and Colleen O'Neil (1988) are all spouses of the great author. Aound the time of the novel, 36 year old JD Salinger was married to Claire Douglas, a student just as he was. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._D._Salinger)

QUIZ: (True or False)

1. There were 5 main characters.

2. Salinger felt Holden was with him in World War 2.

3. Salinger was planning on making a 'Catcher in the Rye' Movie.

4. Chris Hemsworth is playing Stradlater.

5. Salinger did many interviews before he became reclusive.

6. JD Salinger has a daughter.

7. Salinger startred his writing before World War 2.

8. Salinger loves company.

9. Salinger only enjoys women his age and older.

10. Salinger was only married twice in his life.


1. True

2. True

3. False

4. False

5. False.

6. True

7. True

8. False

9. False

10. False

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- "Matt Salinger." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 21 Apr. 2014. Web. 21 Apr. 2014.

-Shmoop Editorial Team. "J.D. Salinger: WWII & The New Yorker." Shmoop.com. Shmoop University, Inc., 11 Nov. 2008. Web. 21 Apr. 2014.