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J.D. Salinger Has Died; Wrote 'Catcher in the Rye'

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CORNISH, N.H. (AP) — Son says J.D. Salinger, author of Catcher in the Rye, has died at age 91.

Update at 1:22 p.m. ET: NPR News has confirmed the death with Salinger's literary agent.

Update at 1:12 p.m. ET. The AP now writes that:


In this 1951 file photo, J.D. Salinger, author of

Salinger in 1951. (AP file)


J.D. Salinger, the legendary author, youth hero and fugitive from fame whose The Catcher in the Rye shocked and inspired a world he increasingly shunned, has died.

He was 91.

Salinger died of natural causes at his home on Wednesday, the author's son said in a statement from Salinger's literary representative.

He had lived for decades in self-imposed isolation in the small, remote house in Cornish, N.H.

The Catcher in the Rye, with its immortal teenage protagonist, the twisted, rebellious Holden Caulfield, came out in 1951, a time of anxious, Cold War conformity and the dawn of modern adolescence. The Book-of-the-Month Club, which made Catcher a featured selection, advised that for "anyone who has ever brought up a son" the novel will be "a source of wonder and delight — and concern."

Two years ago, All Things Considered aired this look at the effect of Catcher in the Rye on generations of teenagers:

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