Jerome David Salinger was an American writer best known for his 1951 novel The Catcher in the Rye. Before its publication, Salinger published several short stories in Story magazine and served in World War II. In 1948, his critically acclaimed story: A Perfect Day for Bananafish, appeared in The New Yorker, which published much of his later work. The Catcher in the Rye was an immediate popular success. Salingers depiction of adolescent alienation and loss of innocence in the protagonist Holden Caulfield was influential, especially among adolescent readers. The novel was widely read and controversial, and its success led to public attention and scrutiny. Salinger became reclusive, publishing less frequently. He followed Catcher with a short story collection, Nine Stories in 1953, Franny and Zooey in 1961, a volume containing a novel and a short story; and a volume containing two novels, Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction in 1963. Check our favorites books from J. D. Salinger, one of the best American authors from the 20th Century.
A boxed set comprising hardcover editions of four works of fiction by J. D. Salinger: The Catcher in the Rye, Nine Stories, Franny and Zooey, and Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour--An Introduction.
The "brilliant, funny, meaningful novel" (The New Yorker) that established J. D. Salinger as a leading voice in American literature--and that has instilled in millions of readers around the world a lifelong love of books. "If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth." The hero-narrator of The Catcher in the Rye is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caufield. Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, secondhand description, he leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for three days.
he author writes: FRANNY came out in The New Yorker in 1955, and was swiftly followed, in 1957 by ZOOEY. Both stories are early, critical entries in a narrative series I'm doing about a family of settlers in twentieth-century New York, the Glasses. It is a long-term project, patently an ambiguous one, and there is a real-enough danger, I suppose that sooner or later I'll bog down, perhaps disappear entirely, in my own methods, locutions, and mannerisms. On the whole, though, I'm very hopeful. I love working on these Glass stories, I've been waiting for them most of my life, and I think I have fairly decent, monomaniacal plans to finish them with due care and all-available skill.
Boston 1959 first edition Little Brown. Third State, with Dedication facing the copyright page. Hardcover. Octavo, grey cloth with gilt spine lettering. Near Fine, slight bit of browning on end papers, small rubbed spot inside rear cover, extremely light foxing on fore-edges, in VG DJ, small area of wrinkling on front panel, scattered light spotting.
Early stories of great American storyteller. Perfect dustcover, spine whole, pages unblemished. Fair wear on jacket spine, but itself is flawless.
In honour of the centennial of the birth of J.D. Salinger in 1919, Penguin reissues all four of his books in beautiful commemorative hardback editions - with artwork and text based on the very first Salinger editions published in the 1950s and 1960s. A collection of nine exceptional stories from one of the great American voices of the twentieth century. Witty, urbane and frequently affecting, For Esmé - with Love and Squalor sits alongside Salinger's very best work - a gem that will be passed down for many generations to come.