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Novelist J. D. Salinger, Age 91, Passed On

January 28th, 2010

On NPR this morning, Neal Conan talked about J. D. Salinger, author of “Catcher in the Rye,” one of my heroes, who passed on yesterday at home of natural causes. The author of “The Death of Conservatism” and New York Times book reviewer Sam Tanenhaus, “Talk of the Nation” guest, said that even though J. D. Salinger received more letters than any other author of his time, he was a recluse and let others answer for him. In that regard, I like better Ansel Adam’s approach of answering every letter himself personally. Nonetheless, both men are similar in that they created something completely new and fresh that led the way for many others to follow. J. D. Salinger‘s colorful and heart-rending portrayal of the teenage angst of Holden Caulfield, the protagonist of “Catcher in the Rye” put it on many top novel lists, including Time’s “Top 100 Novels in the English Language.” “Catcher in the Rye” was published in 1951, the same year that Philip Hyde photographed Dinosaur National Monument on assignment from the Sierra Club.  Here’s the Time Magazine article on J. D. Salinger and his passing.