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Mysterious Ways Of J.D. Salinger Essay

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     J.D. Salinger could be considered one of the greatest, and most contrevertional authors of our time. We only know limited things about him and his work. He has been pushed off into the woods due to betrayal by his loved ones, and people close to him. Negative criticism of his work has also contributed to making him leave. Not to mention the biggest factor which made him want to be left alone, phoniness. These are the reasons that I believe why he wants to be left alone and not give interviews, this is also what fuels the press to keep chasing after J.D.
     To give a brief biography of what J.D. did up until his name was heard of, here’s how it all started. In 1934 J.D.’s father (Sol) enrolled him in Valley Forge Military Academy (Hamilton 18). After that in 1937 he went to Vienna and Poland briefly with his father to learn about the cheese and ham importing business(French 1). In 1938 he then went to Ursinus College in Pennsylvania where he wrote movie reviews in the college paper(French xiii). After this he was drafted to the army in 1942, and then discharged in 1945 (French xiii ). His first book was then published six years later in 1951 (French xiv).
     I think that the most important and interesting factors of Salinger life happened after 1951 with the publishing of Catcher in the Rye. It wasn’t until this point in the writers life that he really started to feel the all the criticism rush in. This is what I feel, along with all the deception that started to come in convinced him to move to Cornish, New Hampshire only two years after the book was published(CLC 1421). Everyone wanted to talk to the man who wanted to talk to no one.
     Salinger has now lived in Cornish for almost 42 years (CA 1572), and I feel that all the fiction that he’s written gives us hints why he lives there, not wanting to be bothered. In the interview given by Herriges, Salinger tells him “Well, I don’t know what else I can tell you. Everything I have to say is in my fiction.” (129). This statement leads me to believe the some of Salinger’s characters are autobiographical, and there views are actually how he feels towards the world that we live in.
     I think that the main thing that is illustrated by his use of putting his feeling in his characters, is his dislike toward phoniness. In his second published book Franny and Zooey, Franny has a nervous breakdown that is believed to be caused by her not being able to take all of the phoniness around her. Franny states “I’m just sick of ego, ego, ego. My own and everybody else’s. I’m sick of everybody that wants to get somewhere, do something distinguished and all, be somebody interesting. It’s disgusting -it is, it is. I don’t care what anybody says”(Salinger 29-30). Along with Franny another one of Salinger’s characters (probably his most well known) Holden Caulfield has the same set...

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