The why of the Rye
Submitted by Pete on June 5, 2009 - 1:34pm
The <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/8084931.stm">BBC Magazine</A> takes a look at the enduring popularity of J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye. "Fans of the novel regard it as the defining work on what it is like to be a teenager. Holden is at various times disaffected, disgruntled, alienated, isolated, directionless, and sarcastic. The book's publication in 1951 came at the dawn of the age of the teenager. A new social category, newly economically empowered and hungry for culture, was fed by music, films and novels."