Thowback Thursday: "The Catcher in the Rye" fuels teen agnst

The book's protagonist Holden Caulfield is an icon of teenage angst.
By: 
ALEX ONKEN
Staff Writer

On this day in 1951, one of the most heralded works of young adult fiction of all time is released. Spending years on ban lists nationwide, "The Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger has became one of the most influential novels of the twentieth century.

The story focuses around Holden Caulfield and his three days in post-war Manhattan following his expulsion from private school filled with raging hormones, phonies and whatever comes his way.

The novel was released to both critical acclaim and controversy surrounding the books use of vulgar language and sexual references. According to the American Library Association, the novel was the 10th most frequently challenged book from 1990 to 1999.

Salinger died in 2010.