The Catcher in the Rye



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The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger

A young-adult novel on the loss of innocence, isolation and alienation, morality, mental health, sexual confusion, youth and the painfulness of growing up. The Catcher in the Rye tells a story of teenage frustration and the way 17-year-old Holden perceives the world. Expelled from his private school, he goes to New York City, wandering the streets and looking for human interaction – but disappoints everybody he meets…

The novel’s context of publication raised a debate about book censorship in the US – this might be a topic one could contextualise and discuss with the class.

· · 1951

Critical edition

Salinger, J. D. The Catcher in the Rye. Penguin, 2010. 240 pp., ISBN 9780241950425

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In favour of this entry

  • Addresses current affairs
  • Award-winning
  • Classic
  • Students can identify with the text
  • Recommended by a federal state: Baden-Württemberg, Hesse, Rhineland-Palatinate