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The Catcher in the Rye

New Essays

J.P. Steed

J. D. Salinger’s novel, The Catcher in the Rye celebrated its fiftieth anniversary of publication in 2001. The Catcher in the Rye: New Essays presents a variety of new approaches to this extremely popular and intensely influential novel, ranging from the examination of the intertextual relationship between The Catcher in the Rye and Cormac McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses, to the evaluation of Salinger’s mythic place in American film and popular culture, to the interrogation of what it means for a reader to claim that a novel such as The Catcher in the Rye has changed his or her life. These essays provide new commentary and new insights, and demonstrate the continuing relevance of Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, and Holden Caulfield to American culture and literature and, in turn, to American cultural and literary studies.
Contents: J. P. Steed: Introduction: The Catcher in the Rye at Fifty, 1951-2001 – Mark Silverberg: «You Must Change Your Life»: Formative Responses to The Catcher in the Rye – Robert Miltner: Mentor Mori; or, Sibling Society and the Catcher in the Bly – Dennis Cutchins: Catcher in the Corn: J. D. Salinger and Shoeless Joe – Joseph S. Walker: The Catcher Takes the Field: Holden, Hollywood, and the Making of a Mann – Matt Evertson: Love, Loss, and Growing Up in J. D. Salinger and Cormac McCarthy.