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J. D. Salinger
American writer
(1919-2010)



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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 my parents were occcupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it.
-- The Catcher in the Rye (1951), ch. 1

What really knocks me out is a book that, when you've all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it.
-- The Catcher in the Rye (1951), ch. 3

Sex is something I don't really understand too hot. You never know where the hell you are. I keep making up these sex rules for myself, and then I break them right away.
-- The Catcher in the Rye (1951), ch. 9

That's the thing about girls. Every time they do something pretty, even if they're not much to look at, or even if they're kind of stupid, you fall half in love with them, and then you never know where you are.
-- The Catcher in the Rye (1951), ch. 9

Take most people, they're crazy about cars. They worry if they get a little scratch on them, and they're always talking about how many miles they get to the gallon... I don't even like old cars. I mean they don't even interest me. I'd rather have a goddam horse. A horse is at least human, for God;s sake.
-- The Catcher in the Rye (1951), ch. 17

Tehy didn't act like people and they didn't act like actors. It's hard to explain. They acted more like they knew they were celebrities and all. I mean they were good, but they were too good.
-- The protagonist, Holden Caulfield, commenting on two actors he sees in a movie, in: The Catcher in the Rye (1951), ch. 9

Sally said that I was a sacreligious atheist. I probably am. The thing is that Jesus really would've liked would be the guy that plays the kettle drums i the orchestra.
-- The Catcher in the Rye (1951), ch. 18

I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody's around -- nobody gi, I mean -- except me. And I;'m standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. I mean they're all running aand they don't look where they're going I have to somewhere and catch them. That's all I'd do all day. I'd just be the catcher in the rye and all.
-- The Catcher in the Rye (1951), ch. 22


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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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