'If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.'
The first of J. D. Salinger's four books to be published, The Catcher in the Rye is one of the most widely read and beloved of all contemporary American novels.
'The handbook of the adolescent heart' The New Yorker
I liked it very much indeed, more than anything for a long time.
As he prepares to publish 50 years of unseen material, the son of JD Salinger talks exclusively to Penguin about the myths and misconceptions surrounding his father.
Read an excerpt from J. D. Salinger's world-famous novel of disaffected youth. 'If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like...'
Most of us have heard of The Catcher in the Rye, but did you know J. D. Salinger only had four books published in his lifetime? For those who loved Catcher and want more, or for those who haven't yet picked up one of his books, find your essential Salinger read below in celebration of his 100th anniversary.