January marks the anniversary of both the birth and death of one of America’s most enigmatic writers, J.D. Salinger. Born in New York City on January 1, 1919, Salinger died last January at his home in New Hampshire at the age of 91.
Few writers manage to capture the angst and ennui of the teenage years with the insight and honesty that Salinger did in his seminal work, The Catcher in the Rye. Although the novel was first published 60 years ago, its cantankerous protagonist, Holden Caulfield, continues to speak to adolescents (and adults) today.