, best known for his 1951 novel
The Catcher in the Rye
, as well as his reclusive
nature. His last original published work was in 1965; he gave his last interview
Raised in Manhattan
, Salinger began writing short stories
while in secondary school
, and published several stories in the early 1940s before serving in World War II
. Salinger published his first stories in Story
magazine which was started by Whit Burnett.
I'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.
Outside the building, she started to walk west to Lexington to catch the bus. Between Third and Lexington, she reached into her coat pocket for her purse and found the sandwich half. She took it out and started to bring her arm down, to drop the sandwich into the street, but instead she put it back into her pocket. A few years before, it had taken her three days to dispose of the Easter chick she had found dead on the sawdust in the bottom of her wastebasket.
He said I was unequipped to meet life because I had no sense of humor.
I remember wanting to do something about that enormous-faced wristwatch she was wearing — perhaps suggest that she try wearing it around her waist.
The fact is always obvious much too late, but the most singular difference between happiness and joy is that happiness is a solid and joy a liquid.
Everybody's a nun.
Life is a gift horse in my opinion.