The why of the Rye

The BBC Magazine 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."

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