J.D. Salinger Facts
J.D. Salinger, short for Jerome David Salinger, a famous American novelist and short story writer, was born in 1919 in a prosperous Jewish family. Salinger completed his early schools and was then sent to Valley Forge Military Academy from 1934-1936. While he was attending NYU and Columbia University, he started submitting short stories for publication. His stories were usually published in various periodicals like Saturday Evening Post and Story. However, after being rejected many times, Salinger got the first chance to get his story published with the New Yorker in 1948 and he wrote for the publication till 1965. Salinger has written numerous interesting and popular stories, the most popular one being his novel 'The Catcher in the Rye (1951)'.
Some interesting facts from Salinger's life:
- Salinger's book 'The Cather in the Rye' talks about troubled teenager after he has been expelled from school. 'The Catcher in the Rye' was a censored book and also, on the contrary, among the most taught books of the 20th century.
- John Lennon's killer Mark Chapman had copy with him when he assassinated John Lennon.
- When book became bestseller Salinger retired to his cabin in the woods separated from the rest of the world. There he spent most of his life. He died January 27, 2010 at the age of 91. He never published another book, but he continued writing for his own pleasure.
- Salinger had left Austria just one month prior to when the country fell under Hitler's rule. However, his father had always wanted to join him as a meat importer for which he had sent Salinger to Austria.
- Salinger had also served the country army during World War II and was one of the first American soldiers who had entered a liberated concentration camp.
- Salinger has been, many a times, changing to a Zen Buddhist, to a Christian Scientist, and to a Scientologist.
- Was married, but extremely controlling forcing his wife and kids to live in solitude, separated from humanity and civilization.