Currently alive, at 97 years of age.
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1919 – Born on January 1st in New York City. American writer whose novel The Catcher in the Rye won critical acclaim and devoted admirers, especially among the post-World War II generation of college students.
1940 – He devoted himself entirely to writing, and his stories began to appear in periodicals.
1942-1946 – After his return from service in the U.S. Army, Salinger’s name and writing style became increasingly associated with The New Yorker magazine, which published almost all of his later stories.
1948-1950 – Wrote “For Esmé—With Love and Squalor” describes a U.S. soldier’s poignant encounter with two British children; “A Perfect Day for Bananafish” concerns the suicide of the sensitive, despairing veteran Seymour Glass.
1951 – Wrote the novel, The Catcher in the Rye.
1953 – Nine Stories, a selection of Salinger’s best work, added to his reputation.
1961-1963 – Franny and Zooey brought together two earlier New Yorker stories; both deal with the Glass family, as do the two stories in Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters; and Seymour: An Introduction.