“If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’tfeel like going into it, if you want to know the truth. In the first place, that stuff bores me, and in the second place, my parents would have about two hemorrhages apiece if I told anything pretty personal about them.”
These are the opening lines of Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, published July 16th, 1951. It was Salinger’s most famous novel and became #1 on the New York Times best seller list after just two weeks. Salinger was born in January of 1919 and died January 2010 at the age of 91. He also wrote Nine Stories – 1953, Franny and Zooey – 1961, Raise High the Roof Beam and Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction (a couple of novellas published together) -1963, and his last published work was another novella, published in the New Yorker in 1965: Hapworth 16: 1924.
I’ll have to read it again. It’s been a while.