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J. D. Salinger
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Salinger was born in New York City to a Jewish father and an Irish Catholic mother. He attended Valley Forge Military Academy in Pennsylvania, upon which Pencey Prep in The Catcher in the Rye is based. Began writing in college. He served in the Army during World War II, where he saw combat action with the U.S. 4th Infantry Division in some of the fiercest fighting of the war.
y 1948, with the publication of a critically-acclaimed short story entitled A Perfect Day for Bananafish, Salinger began to publish almost exclusively in The New Yorker, a magazine he greatly admired. Many of his best-known works first appeared in some form in The New Yorker.
The Catcher in the Rye was published in 1951, and made Salinger famous. The novel was banned in some countries because of its bold and offensive use of language; it is still widely read.
After the notoriety of The Catcher in the Rye, Salinger tried to escape public exposure and attention as much as possible. Though he hasn't published anything in the past 30 years, he constantly struggles with the unwanted attention he gets as a cult figure. Widely varied accounts of his personality and habits have appeared in books by his daughter, a former lover, and others; some describe a traumatized veteran recluse, others an outgoing traveler and "bon vivant." He refuses to license film versions of his work. It has been reported that he has numerous novels in storage, for publication after his death.