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I don’t care if it’s a sad good-by or a bad good-by, but when I leave a place I like to know I’m leaving it

A sad but not bad good-by to author J.D. Salinger, whose death yesterday was just made public by his family. The New Hampshire hermit was 91 and had lived a life of seclusion for more than a century after producing the 1951 literary classic The Catcher in the Rye. An excerpt from his entry in Encyclopedia of World Biography:

Salinger’s upbringing was not unlike that of Holden Caulfield, the Glass children, and many of his other characters. Raised in Manhattan, he was the second of two children of a prosperous Jewish importer and a Scots-Irish mother. He was expelled from several private preparatory schools before graduating from Valley Forge Military Academy in 1936. While attending a Columbia University writing course, he had his first piece of short fiction published in Story, an influential periodical founded by his instructor, Whit Burnett. Salinger’s short fiction soon began appearing in Collier’s, The Saturday Evening Post, Esquire, and other magazines catering to popular reading tastes.

Biography Resource Center has nine other narratives on Salinger, plus one in Lives and Perspectives Collection, two brief biographies in Biography Resource Center proper, and one brief biography in Marquis Who’s Who. Much more information on Salinger’s work — in addition to his life — can be found in Literature Resource Center, including more than 100 pieces of literary criticism.

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Posted on: January 28, 2010, 4:04 pm Category: Factoids Tagged with:

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