New York, NY —
J.D. Salinger, the reclusive author of the literary classic "The Catcher in the Rye," died on Wednesday of natural causes. He was 91.
Salinger published "The Catcher in the Rye," his only novel, in 1951. The story of adolescent alienation, and its protagonist Holden Caufield, became touchstones for young readers. The book was an immediate success and has reportedly sold more than 60 million copies worldwide.
Salinger also published other works, including 9 Stories, Franny And Zooey, Raise High The Roofbeam Carpenters, and Seymour: An Introduction.
Salinger's stories ran in several magazines, especially The New Yorker, where excerpts from "Catcher" were published. His last published story, "Hapworth 16, 1928," appeared in The New Yorker in 1965.
Salinger had become a recluse even before that. By the early 1950's, he moved to the small town of Cornish, N.H, and fiercely protected his privacy, refusing interviews and shunning publicity.