Reclusive author J.D. Salinger died Thursday of natural causes at the age of 91. His novel The Catcher in the Rye, published in 1951, was a blockbuster success—it has sold more than 65 million copies. Over the years, Slate has published numerous articles on J.D. Salinger and his work. You can find links to these below.
“What a Phony: I read the banned Catcher in the Rye ‘sequel’ so you don’t have to,” by Juliet Lapidos. Posted July 15, 2009.
“Save the Salinger Archives! Even if we have to save them from Salinger himself,” by Ron Rosenbaum. Posted Friday, June 5, 2009.
“Salinger on Trial,” by Judith Shulevitz. Posted Thursday, Sept. 21, 2000.
“ Hapworth 16, 1924: A Chatterbox Investigation,” by Timothy Noah. Posted Monday, Sept. 11, 2000.
“J.D. Salinger, Failed Recluse,” by Alex Beam. Posted Tuesday, June 29, 1999.
“I Was a Teen-Ager for the New York Times: Onetime Salinger paramour Joyce Maynard sells herself, piece by piece,” by Alex Beam. Posted Friday, Jan. 9, 1998.