J.D. Salingers classic novel about a troubled adolescent came out in 1951 and soon became famous around the world. Most educated people have read it and while other books have dealt with similar themes since, The Catcher in the Rye remains a particularly poignant work. Nearly half a century later, the schoolboy slang of the central character has dated, but little else has. Holdens problems are somehow painfully his own, but recognisably those of teenagers who begin to think really seriously about who they are and what they want out of life.
This web site offers you the opportunity to explore The Catcher in the Rye within both its historical context and as a work of literature. Questions and tasks focus on background material about the author and the book, a close study of characters, themes and issues, and the texts narrative elements.
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