Published Jan 28, 2010Influential American author J.D. Salinger passed away today (January 28) at age 91. The author was best known for his classic work of youth fiction, The Catcher in the Rye. According to Salinger's son, the author died of natural causes in his home in New Hampshire.
Following a stint in the Second World War, Salinger started his writing career with The New Yorker, where he contributed a number of short stories. When it was released in 1951, The Catcher in the Rye quickly drew much attention to Salinger. Celebrated for its honesty by some and condemned for its vulgarity by others, the timeless work has sold 65 million copies to this day.
While it is believed that he still actively wrote, Salinger had not had any work published since 1965, and gave his last interview in 1980. Last year, Salinger blocked the publication of a sequel to The Catcher in the Rye.