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English 3- Advance Placement

Catcher in the Rye


The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger´╗┐´╗┐
Published in 1951 by J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye has sold millions of copies and is frequently used as a required text in high school English classes. If you are studying The Catcher in the Rye, be sure to visit this web site to enhance your understanding of this classic novel of adolescence. You will find chapter summaries, discussions of the novel's themes, analyses of the characters, memorable quotes, and study questions. This site also includes links to web sites with enrichment material on the novel and Salinger.

Topic: Salinger, J. D.--(Jerome David),--1919-2010.--Catcher in the rye

URL: http://www.shmoop.com


1951, The Catcher in the Rye
Part of a PBS web site devoted to the American Novel, this page honors The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger's classic coming-of-age story that was published in 1951. Read a summary of the plot and meet Holden Caulfield, one of the most memorable characters in modern fiction. Find out why this American novel has had such enduring popularity and why it seems to speak to generation after generation of teenagers. Discover how Salinger helped create an icon of the American teenager in the cynical and disillusioned Holden.

Topic: Salinger, J. D.--(Jerome David),--1919-2010.--Catcher in the rye

URL: http://www.pbs.org


The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye is described as a novel about a boy who doesn't want to grow up. Watch the overview on the 60 Second Recap site for a quick explanation of the story and then explore the plot that is said not to be a plot. The site discusses how the story begins and ends with Holden Caulfield's time in a mental institution. Meet the main characters in the novel and find out why we end up rooting for Caulfield even though he is self-absorbed and repulsive. Read about one of the most famous symbols in American literature.

Topic: Salinger, J. D.--(Jerome David),--1919-2010, Salinger, J. D.--(Jerome David),--1919-2010.--Catcher in the rye

URL: http://www.60secondrecap.com

Banned Books: The Catcher in the Rye.

Part of a Time magazine web site about frequently banned books, this page focuses on J.D. Salinger's novel, The Catcher in the Rye. When it was first published in 1951, the book became the Number 1 bestseller on the New York Times list. Since then, it has also become a frequent target of censors. Read about some of the cases where schools and libraries have sought to ban the book. Find out what Salinger himself had to say about censorship of The Catcher in the Rye.
Topic: Salinger, J. D.--(Jerome David),--1919-2010.--Catcher in the rye
URL: http://www.time.com

The Catcher in the Rye

Holden Caulfield begins his story in the middle before the reader knows where he is or where he has come from. Readers quickly get the impression that something is wrong but he refuses to go into the details of his childhood and schooling. Holden describes the phony headmaster, aggravating dorm mates, failed classes, and a fight with a roommate over a nice neighbor girl. Considered a coming-of-age novel, The Catcher in the Rye offers a first-person perspective about growing up, identity, alienation, escape, aimlessness, and deception. Explore the symbolism, figures of speech, and controversial language of this well-known novel.
Topic: Salinger, J. D.--(Jerome David),--1919-2010--Criticism and interpretation, Salinger, J. D.--(Jerome David),--1919-2010.--Catcher in the rye
URL: http://www.cummingsstudyguides.net

The Catcher in the Rye: Context

Growing up in a fashionable Manhattan neighborhood while attending prep schools, Jerome David Salinger fostered an interest in writing. After serving in the army during World War II, he wrote numerous short stories for magazines as well as his famous novel. Investigate aspects from Salinger's life that appear in The Catcher in the Rye. Find out why many readers and critics were offended by this novel causing debates about censorship and obscenity. In spite of its controversial nature, the novel was a popular and critical success as themes of alienation, cultural oppression, and resisting conformity appealed to a wide audience. Topic: Salinger, J. D.--(Jerome David),--1919-2010--Criticism and interpretation, Salinger, J. D.--(Jerome David),--1919-2010.--Catcher in the rye
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