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J D Salinger - Author

About the Author

J D Salinger was born in 1919. He grew up in New York City, and wrote short stories from an early age, but his breakthrough came in 1948 with the publication in The New Yorker of 'A Perfect Day for Bananafish'. The Catcher in the Rye was his first and only novel, published in 1951. It remains one of the most translated, taught and reprinted texts, and has sold some 65 million copies. It was followed by three other books of short stories and novellas, the most recent of which was published in 1963. He died in January 2010.

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The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye

Author: J. D. Salinger Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2018

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. The hero-narrator of The Catcher in the Rye is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield... One of the greatest American novels of all time, The Catcher in the Rye is a classic coming-of-age story: an elegy to teenage alienation, capturing the deeply human need for connection and the bewildering sense of loss as we leave childhood behind. 'A perfect novel ... it changed US culture forever' Independent 'It was a very pure voice he had. There was no one like him' Martin Amis 'He was the poet of youthful alienation before youth really knew what that was' Sunday Times 'His work meant a lot to me when I was a young person and his writing still sings now' Dave Eggers

J.d. Salinger: The Last Interview

J.d. Salinger: The Last Interview

Author: J. D. Salinger Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/11/2016

Three Early Stories

Three Early Stories

Author: J D Salinger Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/06/2014

The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye

Author: J D Salinger, Sam Sloan Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/09/2013

For Esme - with Love and Squalor And Other Stories

For Esme - with Love and Squalor And Other Stories

Author: J. D. Salinger Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/03/2010

A collection of nine exceptional stories from the much-loved author of The Catcher in the Rye An American soldier has a strange encounter with an orphaned English teenager the night before he leaves for war. A four-year-old boy runs away in a dinghy; a missionary's child is kidnapped by Chinese bandits. A honeymoon in Florida goes awry with tragic consequences. Including the first stories to feature Salinger's beloved Glass family characters, this brilliantly varied collection offers a vivid introduction to the work of one of the most admired and widely read American novelists of the twentieth century. Witty, urbane and frequently affecting, For Esme - with Love and Squalor sits alongside Salinger's very best work - a gem that will be passed down for many generations to come.

Franny and Zooey

Franny and Zooey

Author: J. D. Salinger Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/03/2010

Franny Glass is a pretty, effervescent college student on a date with her intellectually confident boyfriend, Lane. They appear to be the perfect couple, but as they struggle to communicate with each other about the things they really care about, slowly their true feelings come to the surface. The second story in this book, Zooey , plunges us into the world of her ethereal, sophisticated family. When Franny's emotional and spiritual doubts reach new heights, her older brother Zooey, a misanthropic former child genius, offers her consolation and brotherly advice.

For Esme - with Love and Squalor And Other Stories

For Esme - with Love and Squalor And Other Stories

Author: J. D. Salinger Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/03/2010

A collection of nine exceptional stories from the much-loved author of The Catcher in the Rye An American soldier has a strange encounter with an orphaned English teenager the night before he leaves for war. A four-year-old boy runs away in a dinghy; a missionary's child is kidnapped by Chinese bandits. A honeymoon in Florida goes awry with tragic consequences. Including the first stories to feature Salinger's beloved Glass family characters, this brilliantly varied collection offers a vivid introduction to the work of one of the most admired and widely read American novelists of the twentieth century. Witty, urbane and frequently affecting, For Esme - with Love and Squalor sits alongside Salinger's very best work - a gem that will be passed down for many generations to come.

Franny and Zooey

Franny and Zooey

Author: J. D. Salinger Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/03/2010

A funny, poignant snapshot of young adulthood from the much-loved author of The Catcher in the Rye Franny Glass and Lane Coutell are the perfect campus couple: beautiful, intelligent, their whole lives ahead of them. But one weekend when Franny is visiting, amid the excitement of the big Yale game, something goes wrong and tensions begin to surface. Are they really such a perfect match after all? Franny's older brother is Zooey. They come from a sophisticated yet highly eccentric family: all seven Glass siblings are former child stars, all strange and enchanting and damaged in their own way. And when Franny's anxiety spirals into a full-blown breakdown, Zooey is the only one who might be able to save her. A novel in two intertwining stories, Franny and Zooey brilliantly captures the emotional strains and traumas of entering adulthood. It is a gleaming example of the wit, precision and poignancy that have made J.D. Salinger one of the most beloved American novelists of the twentieth century.

Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters; Seymour - an Introduction

Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters; Seymour - an Introduction

Author: J. D. Salinger Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/03/2010

A haunting and deeply personal portrait of family tragedy from the much-loved author of The Catcher in the Rye In 1942, Buddy Glass, second son of the eccentric Glass family, is in New York City on leave from military service to attend the wedding of his eldest brother, Seymour. But the wedding is not a happy one; it is overcast by a sense of strange suspense. And in the years that follow, Buddy is haunted by memories of his deeply complex and unhappy older brother, turning over in his mind everything that came to pass, wondering whether there might have been a sign he missed. With painful tenderness and great subtlety, Salinger unfolds a story of family tragedy from the point of view of one character - Buddy - who has long been suspected to be a portrait of the author himself.

Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters; Seymour - an Introduction

Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters; Seymour - an Introduction

Author: J. D. Salinger Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/12/1963

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. `The two long pieces in this book originally came out in the New Yorker - Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters in 1955, Seymour - An Introduction in 1959. Whatever their differences in mood or effect, they are both very much concerned with Seymour Glass, who is the main character in my series about the Glass family. The joys and satisfactions of working on the Glass family increase and deepen for me with the years. I can't say why, though. Not, at least, outside the casino proper of my fiction.' - J. D. Salinger This work comprises two interconnected stories which together offer a single, albeit fractured, arc. With great subtlety and attention, Salinger unfolds an exquisite and haunting portrait of family tragedy.

Franny And Zooey

Franny And Zooey

Author: J. D. Salinger Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/06/1962

J.D. Salinger, author of the classic Catcher in the Rye (1951), wrote the stories Franny and Zooey for publication in the New Yorker magazine in 1955 and 1957 respectively. Both stories were part of a series centred around a family of settlers in New York, the Glasses, particularly the children of Les and Bessie Glass, a Jewish-Irish theatrical act. All are brilliant former radio actors. Their eldest child, Seymour, a genius, commits suicide in his thirties. The repercussions to the family of this act provide the unifying theme to the stories. In Franny and Zooey the youngest member of the family, Franny, has a religious and nervous breakdown. She attempts to ward off the meaninglessness of college life by the obsessive repetition of a Jesus prayer. Her brother Zachary (Zooey) rests at nothing in his attempts to restore her sanity. J.D. Salinger wrote the Glass stories, 'It is a long-term project, patently an ambitious one, and there is a real-enough danger, I suppose, that sooner or later I'll bog down, perhaps disappear entirely, in ly 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.'