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Suggestions for Further Reading

Alexander, Paul. Salinger, a Biography. Los Angeles: Renaissance Books, 2000.

Bloom, Harold, ed. Holden Caulfield: Bloom’s Major Literary Characters. New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 2005.

———. J. D. Salinger. New York: Chelsea House, 1987.

———. J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye. New York: Chelsea House, 1996.

Crawford, Catherine. If You Really Want to Hear About It: Writers on J. D. Salinger and His Work. New York: Thunder’s Mouth Press, 2006.

Engel, Steven, ed. Readings on The Catcher in the Rye. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 1998.

Grunwald, Henry A., ed. Salinger: A Critical and Personal Portrait. New York: Harper, 1962.

Kubica, Chris and Will Hochman, eds. Letters to J. D. Salinger. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2002.

Hamilton, Ian. In Search of J. D. Salinger. New York: Random House, 1988.

Malcolm, Janet. “Justice for J. D. Salinger.” The New York Review of Books (21 June 2001): 16–22.

Salzman, Jack. New Essays on The Catcher in the Rye. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1992.

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by DaveMacDonald, September 01, 2012

'The song “Comin’ Thro’ the Rye” asks if it is wrong for two people to have a romantic encounter out in the fields, away from the public eye, even if they don’t plan to have a commitment to one another.'

I thought the 'Rye' referred to in Robert Burns' poem was the river Rye, hence the lines: 'Jenny's a wet poor body, Jenny's seldom dry'. In this regard it is about two people who meet at a river with no crossing, which will cause people to question why one of them is wet and what they have been doing.


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by mitchellc0o, August 21, 2013

when phoebe gives the hat back I think It also symbolizes her not wanting to be caught or stay as a child or something


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by Kris1097, January 16, 2014

Through out the book Holden expresses many different feelings. but overall what is his attitude toward life?


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