Thursday, January 28, 2010
Many today find his writing dated- his characters unsympathetic. I cherished his books, and loved the sad tortured people who inhabited his stories. I remember reading Catcher in the Rye at my sister Eileen's house and asking her if I could keep the book, a Signet paperback in its fourteenth printing in 1960. Perhaps it was because he chose to remain a recluse that I find him so remarkable. He seemed so like his wounded characters. And, perhaps I saw in many of his characters a hint of myself. I've given so many young people his books as gifts hoping they would be as moved by his writing as I had been. J. D. Salinger an American icon, dead at 91years.