The author who wrote the book, “The Catcher in the Rye” is dead. J.D. Salinger was 91 years old. He wrote the novel in 1951 and became an American literary classic.
I read the book as a freshman in college in 1981 and immediately related with the book’s lead character, Holden Caufield. The apathetic and rebellious teenager, who was thrown out of private boarding school, and wandered around Manhattan while decrying the phoniness of adults was not as much a hero as much as he was someone I could have a beer with. Caufield was a cool dude.
After reading the book, I immediately experimented with adapting it into a screenplay, something Salinger, the reclusive author, was vehemently against. I wrote a couple of rough drafts for a class project. I gave an indept scene between Holden and the prostitute he meets at the Hotel he stays at.
My professor gave me a “B” for the assignment and it would be the first indication of my potential writing ability. It would be another 7 years before I would attempt any kind of writing. Despite that, I was glad I read the book, because there’s no telling how my career would have turned out.