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Date Of BirthJanuary 1, 1919
DiedJanuary 27, 2010, Cornish, New Hampshire, United States, January 27, 2010, Cornish, New Hampshire, United States
SpouseColleen O'Neill (m. 1988–2010), Claire Douglas (m. 1955–1967), Sylvia Welter (m. 1945–1947), Colleen O'Neill, Claire Douglas, Sylvia Welter
MarkHis characters are often young people or adolescents.
FactShortly after purchasing his home, he had an eight-foot-tall wall built around it.

J.D. Salinger was born on January 1, 1919, in New York City, to a wealthy family. His father, Sol Salinger, was a successful Jewish businessman, and his mother, Miriam (née Jillich) Salinger, was a Christian Scientist. Salinger had one sister, Doris.

Salinger was educated at private schools in New York and Pennsylvania. He was a mediocre student and was often in trouble for his rebellious behavior. In 1937, he was expelled from his prep school, Valley Forge Military Academy, for failing to comply with its rules.

After his expulsion, Salinger’s parents sent him to Europe to learn about the family business. While in Europe, Salinger became interested in writing and began submitting stories to American magazines. In 1940, his story “Slight Rebellion Off Madison” was published in The New Yorker.

After returning to the United States, Salinger enlisted in the Army and served in World War II. He saw combat in France and Germany and was discharged in 1946 with the rank of sergeant.

After the war, Salinger returned to New York and resumed his writing career. In 1951, his novel The Catcher in the Rye was published to great acclaim. The book’s protagonist, Holden Caulfield, became an iconic figure for teenage rebellion.

The Catcher in the Rye was a commercial and critical success, but Salinger was uncomfortable with his newfound fame and retreated from public life. He published only one more story in The New Yorker (“A Perfect Day for Bananafish”) before withdrawing from the literary world altogether.

In 1953, Salinger married Claire Douglas, a British woman he had met while stationed in England during the war. The couple had two children, Margaret and Matthew.

In the 1960s and 1970s, Salinger was the subject of intense media scrutiny after it was revealed that he had been corresponding with several young women. In the 1980s, he sued two biographers for invasion of privacy.

Salinger died of natural causes at his home in New Hampshire on January 27, 2010. He was 91 years old.

At the time of his death, Salinger was considered one of the most important American writers of the 20th century. His novel The Catcher in the Rye remains one of the most popular and influential books ever written.

General Info

Full NameJ. D. Salinger
Date Of BirthJanuary 1, 1919
DiedJanuary 27, 2010, Cornish, New Hampshire, United States, January 27, 2010, Cornish, New Hampshire, United States
ProfessionNovelist, Soldier, Novelist, Soldier
EducationNew York University, Ursinus College, Valley Forge Military Academy and College, McBurney School, Columbia University, New York University, Ursinus College, Valley Forge Military Academy and College, Columbia Lions men's basketball, McBurney School
NationalityAmerican, American


SpouseColleen O'Neill (m. 1988–2010), Claire Douglas (m. 1955–1967), Sylvia Welter (m. 1945–1947), Colleen O'Neill, Claire Douglas, Sylvia Welter
ChildrenMatt Salinger, Margaret Salinger, Matt Salinger, Margaret Salinger
ParentsMiriam Salinger, Sol Salinger, Miriam Salinger, Sol Salinger
SiblingsDoris Salinger, Doris Salinger


NominationsNational Book Award for Fiction, National Book Award for Fiction
MoviesPari, Fragmento, Pari, Fragmento

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#Marks / Signs
1Reclusive personality.
2His characters are often young people or adolescents.


1All Mothers are a little insane.
2I love to write, but I write just for my own pleasure. There is a marvelous peace in not publishing.
3What I like best is a book that's at least funny once in a while. What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're 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. That doesn't happens much though.
4I'm aware that many of my friends will be saddened and shocked, or shock-saddened, over some of the chapters in 'The Catcher in the Rye'. Some of my best friends are children. In fact, all my best friends are children. It's almost unbearable for me to realize that my book will be kept on a shelf, out of their reach.
5There's no more to Holden Caulfield. Read the book again. It's all there. Holden Caulfield is only a frozen moment in time.
6I'm quite illiterate, but I read a lot.


1His novel "Catcher in the Rye" is mentioned in Billy Joel's song "We didn't start the fire".
2His family nickname was "Sonny". He had a sister, Doris, who was six years older.
3J.D. Salinger's father's family originally came from Sudargas, a small shtetl (Jewish village), which was then located in the Russian Empire near the present day border of Poland and Lithuania. His great-grandfather Hyman Joseph Salinger moved from Sudargas to the town of Taurage when he married the daughter of a prominent family. Hyman's son Simon F. Salinger emigrated to the United States in 1881, marrying Fannie Copland, a Lithuanian immigrant living in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Simon Salinger went to medical school and became a physician. When he died in 1960, he was just shy of his 100th birthday. J.D. Salinger's father Solomon was born in 1887, the second child of five children.
4It was rumored that J.D. Salinger's mother Miriam was born in County Cork, Ireland, likely fueled by an erroneous assertion in a 1963 "Life Magazine" article that she was Scotch-Irish. This led to a further rumor that Miriam's Irish Catholic parents shunned her and refused to speak to her after marrying the Jew Solomon Salinger. Salinger's sister Doris actually believed that their mother had been born in Ireland. In actuality, Miriam's parents were dead by the time she married. She was born Marie Jillich (she took the name Miriam when she converted to Judaism upon her marriage) in Atlantic, Iowa on May 11, 1891. Miriam's paternal grandfather George Lester Jillich, Sr. was the son of German immigrants, and her paternal grandmother Mary Jane Bennett was Anglo-Saxon. George, Sr. was a successful grain merchant whose son George, Jr. (Miriam's father) worked in the family business. Miriam's mother, Nellie McMahon, a Kansas City native, was the daughter of immigrants from Ireland. Miriam's father died in 1909, the year before she met Solomon Salinger (a Chicago movie theater manager). Miriam's mother Nellie died before J.D. Salinger was born in 1919. Solomon Salinger's parents thought that the fair-skinned, red-haired Marie (as she was then known before her conversion) resembled a "little Irisher".
5Suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after returning from World War II.
6Served in a U.S. Army counter-Intelligence division in World War II.
7Was of Scottish, German, and Irish descent on his mother's side.
8Had two grandchildren by his son Matt.
9A big fan of classic black-and-white movies.
10Used homeopathic medicines for most of his life.
11Shortly after purchasing his home, he had an eight-foot-tall wall built around it.
12Did most of his writing in a concrete bunker. His wife and children were forbidden to enter it.
13When his wife divorced him in 1966, she stated that Salinger refused to communicate with her, sometimes for weeks on end.
14A neighbor once went to his house to see if Salinger would contribute to a local charity. Salinger met him in the driveway with a gun in his hand and told the man to go away.
15His works are one of many literary references to be found in Daniel Handler's "A Series of Unfortunate Events" books. Salinger wrote a short story called "For Esmé - with Love and Squalor". "The Ersatz Elevator" introduces two characters named Jerome and Esme Squalor. Jerome is named after Salinger himself.
16Mark David Chapman was obsessed with "Catcher in the Rye" and was found calmly reading the book when he was arrested for the murder of John Lennon, lead singer of The Beatles.
17Despite stating his hatred for technology in his novel "The Catcher in the Rye," he has a computer in his home as well as an AOL e-mail account.
18Sean Connery's character in Finding Forrester (2000) is based on J.D. Salinger.
19Father of Margarete Salinger and Matt Salinger; father-in-law of Betsy Salinger.
20The character Terence Mann in Field of Dreams (1989) (based on "Shoeless Joe" by W.P. Kinsella) is actually based on J.D. Salinger.
21Was so incensed by Hollywood's treatment of his story "Uncle Wiggly in Connecticut" that he has refused to sell the movie rights to any of his stories to Hollywood. It is reported that his last will and testament has a stipulation blocking any Hollywood adaptations of his works after his death.




Divan dan za bananaribe2014Short short story
Un día perfecto para el pez plátano2002Short story
The Catcher2001Short original author
Pari1995novel "Franny and Zooey" - unauthorized adaptation
Malena1993Short story
Fragmento1984Short novel
My Foolish Heart1949story "Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut"


Above Ground2007Short inspired by


Someone's Knocking at the Door2009special thanks

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J D Salinger Doesn't Want to Talk1999TV MovieHimself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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