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The Catcher in the Rye Essay & Criticism

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Critical Overview

Mixed reviews greeted J D. Salinger's first novel, The Catcher in the Rye, published on July 16, 1951. New York Times critic Nash K. Burger, for example, lauded the book as "an unusually brilliant first novel," and Chicago Tribune reviewer Paul Engle called the novel "engaging and believable." In contrast, T. Morris Longstreth stated in the Christian Science Monitor that "the book was not fit for children to read." Regarding Holden Caulfield, the book's teenage narrator and protagonist, Longstreth wrote. "Fortunately there cannot be many of him yet. But one fears that a book like this given wide circulation may multiply his kind as too easily happens when immorality and perversion are recounted by writers of talent whose work is countenanced III the name of art of good intention." In the novel's defense, critic James Bryan wrote in PMLA: "The richness of spirit in this novel, especially of the vision...

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