JD Salinger Turns 100

JD Salinger Turns 100
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If he were still alive, JD Salinger, the world's most famous literary hermit, would surely turn his back on any brouhaha surrounding his centenary in 2019.

The Manhattan-born author notoriously went into suburban seclusion in the town of Cornish, New Hampshire, soon after the publication of his best-selling 1951 novel The Catcher in the Rye. Throughout the following years he would utter the plea “why can't my life be my own?”. He also complained bitterly to close friends about the “damn people” who sent him invitations to social events.

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