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    Default Legendary author passes, a great loss

    J. D. Salinger, who was thought at one time to be the most important American writer to emerge since World War II but who then turned his back on success and adulation, becoming the Garbo of letters, famous for not wanting to be famous, died Wednesday at his home in Cornish, N.H., where he had lived in seclusion for more than 50 years. He was 91.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NotaSuv View Post
    J. D. Salinger, who was thought at one time to be the most important American writer to emerge since World War II but who then turned his back on success and adulation, becoming the Garbo of letters, famous for not wanting to be famous, died Wednesday at his home in Cornish, N.H., where he had lived in seclusion for more than 50 years. He was 91.
    I heard it on the drive home, a true loss!
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    The guy was 91 years old, that's a pretty good run. I think this "huge loss" talk is a bit overstating it.
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    The guy seems to have had much in common with Howard Hughes. He was incredibly reclusive... While his passing is sad, he was lost decades ago according to his family. I had to read that book in school, and I remember it to have been well written. To bad more of his works never saw the light of day.

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    Never heard of the guy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron-P View Post
    Never heard of the guy.


    Ever hear of The Catcher In The Rye?

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    Yep, never read it though. I don't like to read, takes too much time and I can't sit still that long.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Dawg View Post


    Ever hear of The Catcher In The Rye?
    Yeah, and I thought it was a really stupid book. When they forced us to read it in high school I was wondering who decided that was a 'classic'.

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    The guy was 91 years old, that's a pretty good run. I think this "huge loss" talk is a bit overstating it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron-P View Post
    Never heard of the guy.
    He wrote the one book. He was the basis for the James Earl Jones character in Field of Dreams. (I think)

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    Catcher In The Rye was the book that prick who shot John Lennon had on him when arrested.
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    You're all a bunch of phonies. It's a good book for an adolescent and it sure hits home even more today than it did when it was written. Mark David Chapman was a disturbed individual and while "Catcher" supposedly influenced him to shot Lennon it wasn;t the singular factor
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fongolio View Post
    Catcher In The Rye was the book that prick who shot John Lennon had on him when arrested.
    That's called karma. Charles Mason's "family" murdered in the name of "Helter Skelter."

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    Quote Originally Posted by heiney9 View Post
    You're all a bunch of phonies.
    Perfect.

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    It's a good book for an adolescent and it sure hits home even more today than it did when it was written. Mark David Chapman was a disturbed individual and while "Catcher" supposedly influenced him to shot Lennon it wasn;t the singular factor
    +1

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron-P View Post
    Never heard of the guy.
    Alas, the 'youth'...for whom history exists 'not'! And tradition is meaningless. Salinger's book defined the alienation and the coming of age of an entire generation...it was a watershed work for its time! Art is not defined by 'quantity' but by 'quality'. The fact that J.D. was a recluse is of no significance...many artists find it difficult to live normal lives in society--the demons of biography and creation can strangle even the best of them. Some die early, others enslave themsleves to drugs, alcohol, etc., and some disappear into 'themselves'. The 'sensitivity' that it takes to look into oneself and 'return' is often too great for the individual self. A classic example is Mark Rothko....you can 'see' his demise in the evolution of his painting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by heiney9 View Post
    You're all a bunch of phonies. It's a good book for an adolescent and it sure hits home even more today than it did when it was written. Mark David Chapman was a disturbed individual and while "Catcher" supposedly influenced him to shot Lennon it wasn;t the singular factor
    +1, Let's not get 'absurd'!

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    Quote Originally Posted by heiney9 View Post
    You're all a bunch of phonies. It's a good book for an adolescent and it sure hits home even more today than it did when it was written. Mark David Chapman was a disturbed individual and while "Catcher" supposedly influenced him to shot Lennon it wasn;t the singular factor
    Not quite sure what the "phonies" thing is about but I was making no comment about the book or how it related to Chapman. I was only stating the fact that he had it on him when arrested. Please don't read any more than what I have stated into my post sir.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fongolio View Post
    Not quite sure what the "phonies" thing is about but I was making no comment about the book or how it related to Chapman. I was only stating the fact that he had it on him when arrested. Please don't read any more than what I have stated into my post sir.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John30_30 View Post
    Guns don't kill Beatles. Paperback writers kill Beatles.
    I thought it was Maxwell's Silver Hammer.;)
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    I don't believe in Beatles.

    I just believe in me.
    If you will it, dude, it is no dream.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobman1235 View Post
    I don't believe in Beatles.

    I just believe in me.

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    I've never heard of The Beatles. But I've heard of J.D. Salinger. Now who was this John Lennon bloke? ;)
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    I've tried to read "Catcher in the Rye" on several occasions because it is considered a "classic." I never got it and could never get through it. That being said, I'm sure it's a great book that really reached many people. What I don't get is this extreme sadness over his passing. The guy was a talented writer, but he was also a d**k. He treated his fans horribly and his family even worse. He's basically been "dead" since the late 60's, except for his occasional lawsuits. John H. is correct that James Earl Jones' character in field of dreams was based on Salinger. The original book "Shoeless Joe" that the move is based on has Salinger as the character, but when they made the move, Salinger refused to allow his name to be used and threatened lawsuits.

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