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J.D. Salinger Primary Sources

Historical documents. What clues can you gather about J.D. Salinger, the time, place, players, and culture?


E-text copies of Salinger's writings.

The Catcher in the Rye Review

The 1951 New York Times review.

Nine Stories Review

The 1953 New York Times review of Salinger's second book.

Franny and Zooey Review

The 1963 New York Times review of Salinger's book.

Updike on the Glass Family

John Updike's 1963 essay on Franny and Zooey.


Time magazine's 1961 profile of the author, who had already begun his retreat into a hermetic life.

"Holden at Fifty"

A New Yorker essay by Louis Menand on the enduring appeal of The Catcher in the Rye.

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