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ERIC Number: ED033931
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968-Dec
Pages: 6
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J.D., D.B., Sonny, Sunny, and Holden.
Ducharme, Edward R.
The English Record, v19 n2 p54-8 Dec 1968
Several people have tried, unsuccessfully, to learn the facts about J. D. Salinger's life. The little information available from secondary sources about Salinger indicates that "The Catcher in the Rye" has autobiographical elements. Salinger's life parallels Holden's fictional adventures in that Salinger (1) was born and reared through early childhood in New York City, (2) attended the McBurney School mentioned in "Catcher" and Valley Forge Military Academy, which served as the prototype for Holden's Pencey Prep, (3) was unconventional, (4) spent time in Maine and had an inordinate interest in the Museum of Natural History, (5) twisted half-truths to let people believe what they wanted, (6) was charitable with money, (7) loved innocence, (8) was both interested in and contemptuous of the film industry, and (9) desired to live away from society. (MP)
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Authoring Institution: New York State English Council.