Compare & Contrast A Perfect Day for Bananafish by J. D. Salinger

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1940s: Magazine fiction is a hot commodity: a nation of readers seeks entertainment in the pages of periodicals like the New Yorker, the Saturday Evening Post, and Esquire.

Today: Although the New Yorker

still stands as the premiere source for cutting-edge short fiction, more and more short story writers find their work first published in specialized literary journals.

1940s: The psychological toll of war on a person's mind is called "shell-shock" or "battle fatigue;" some of those suffering from it are labeled cowards by their superiors or the public.

Today: What is now known as post-traumatic stress disorder is widely recognized by psychologists and other doctors as a terrible, but treatable, mental illness.

1940s: J. D. Salinger is known by readers of the New Yorker and other magazines as an up-andcoming talent.

Today: Approximately forty years since Salinger stopped publishing his work and withdrew into private life...

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