English Final Project: Group 4

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Novel Summary

Introduction: Catcher in the Rye

This website examines J.D. Salinger’s novel, Catcher in the Rye, and compares it to the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. As the site title implies, this site is for the final project of English 1102 at Georgia Institute of Technology for Professor Worthington's 12:00pm class.

Brief Biography of J.D. Salinger

Jerome David Salinger was born in Manhattan, New York in 1919. His father, Sol, was a very successful importer of kosher cheese but he failed to be a successful father. Salinger’s relationship with his father was very distant, so distant that Salinger didn’t even attend his father’s funeral. His relationships with his father, the fact that he was half Jewish, and his experiences in World War II, were very negative aspects in his life, which defined his personality and his writing. He attended Valley Forge Military Academy for a brief time period. Afterwards he studied at Ursinus College and New York University. While in college he met and fell in love with Oona O’Neill, but was rejected when she married Charles Chaplin instead of him. Salinger later married a French doctor named Sylvia. They were later divorced and got married again to Claire Douglas, the daughter of the British art critic Robert Langton Douglas. This marriage, much like the previous ones, ended in divorce. During World War II he was drafted into the infantry and was involved in the invasion of Normandy. He was also involved in one of the bloodiest battles of the war in Hürtgenwald, where he witnessed the horrors of war. Salinger wrote many short stories, which were published in the Saturday Evening Post and Esquire, and then in the New Yorker. Salinger only published one novel which was The Catcher in the Rye, which still sail about 250,000 each year, but he despised publicity so much that he actually refused to put his picture in conjunction with his book. Since the late 1980s, Salinger has been married to Colleen O'Neill and he has continued to write stories but he no longer has them published but rather he says that “I like to write. I love to write. But I write just for myself and my own pleasure”. He still is alive and resides in New Hampshire.