The Private War Of J.D. Salinger
September 01, 2013
“J.D. Salinger spent 10 years writing The Catcher in the Rye and the rest of his life regretting it,” according to a new book about one of America’s best-known and most revered writers.
“Before he had landed on D-Day, J.D. Salinger was a Park Avenue rich kid. Nothing prepared him for what World War II was going to do to him psychologically.
We know this because at the end of the war, he checked into a mental institution, and then did something truly remarkable, which is, came out of the mental institution and signed back up for more
He says that he’s actually very scared about what the reaction will be to The Catcher in the Rye.
He’s very scared about what his family and friends will think about the language and some of the points of view.
“I don’t think he had any idea that it would become one of the most successful novels of all time.”