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"If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth."
The hero-narrator of The Catcher in the Rye is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caufield. Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, secondhand description, he leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for three days.
"Everything everybody does is so--I don't know--not wrong, or even mean, or even stupid necessarily. But just so tiny and meaningless and--sad-making. And the worst part is, if you go bohemian or something crazy like that, you're conforming just as much only in a different way."
A novel in two halves, Franny and Zooey brilliantly captures the emotional strains and traumas of entering adulthood. It is a gleaming example of the wit, precision, and poignancy that have made J. D. Salinger one of America's most beloved writers.
The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today is a novel by Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner first published in 1873. It satirizes greed and political corruption in post-Civil War America. Although not one of Twain's best-known works, it has appeared in more than one hundred editions since its original publication.
Mark Twain, pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, (born November 30, 1835, Florida, Missouri, U.S.-died April 21, 1910, Redding, Connecticut), American humorist, journalist, lecturer, and novelist who acquired international fame for his travel narratives, especially The Innocents Abroad (1869), Roughing It (1872), and Life on the Mississippi (1883), and for his adventure stories of boyhood, especially The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885). A gifted raconteur, distinctive humorist, and irascible moralist, he transcended the apparent limitations of his origins to become a popular public figure and one of America's best and most beloved writers.
Samuel Clemens, the sixth child of John Marshall and Jane Lampton Clemens, was born two months prematurely and was in relatively poor health for the first 10 years of his life. His mother tried various allopathic and hydropathic remedies on him during those early years, and his recollections of those instances (along with other memories of his growing up) would eventually find their way into Tom Sawyer and other writings. Because he was sickly, Clemens was often coddled, particularly by his mother, and he developed early the tendency to test her indulgence through mischief, offering only his good nature as bond for the domestic crimes he was apt to commit. When Jane Clemens was in her 80s, Clemens asked her about his poor health in those early years: "I suppose that during that whole time you were uneasy about me?" "Yes, the whole time," she answered. "Afraid I wouldn't live?" "No," she said, "afraid you would."
Insofar as Clemens could be said to have inherited his sense of humour, it would have come from his mother, not his father. John Clemens, by all reports, was a serious man who seldom demonstrated affection. No doubt his temperament was affected by his worries over his financial situation, made all the more distressing by a series of business failures. It was the diminishing fortunes of the Clemens family that led them in 1839 to move 30 miles (50 km) east from Florida, Missouri, to the Mississippi River port town of Hannibal, where there were greater opportunities. John Clemens opened a store and eventually became a justice of the peace, which entitled him to be called "Judge" but not to a great deal more. In the meantime, the debts accumulated. Still, John Clemens believed the Tennessee land he had purchased in the late 1820s (some 70,000 acres [28,000 hectares]) might one day make them wealthy, and this prospect cultivated in the children a dreamy hope. Late in his life, Twain reflected on this promise that became a curse:
It put our energies to sleep and made visionaries of us-dreamers and indolent....It is good to begin life poor; it is good to begin life rich-these are wholesome; but to begin it prospectively rich! The man who has not experienced it cannot imagine the curse of it.
Perhaps it was the romantic visionary in him that caused Clemens to recall his youth in Hannibal with such fondness. As he remembered it in "Old Times on the Mississippi" (1875), the village was a "white town drowsing in the sunshine of a summer's morning," until the arrival of a riverboat suddenly made it a hive of activity.
Nine exceptional stories from one of the great literary voices of the twentieth century. Witty, urbane, and frequently affecting, Nine Stories sits alongside Salinger's very best work--a treasure that will passed down for many generations to come. The stories:
- A Perfect Day for Bananafish
- Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut
- Just Before the War with the Eskimos
- The Laughing Man
- Down at the Dinghy
- For Esmé--with Love and Squalor
- Pretty Mouth and Green My Eyes
- De Daumier-Smith's Blue Period
These two novellas, set seventeen years apart, are both concerned with Seymour Glass--the eldest son of J. D. Salinger's fictional Glass family--as recalled by his closest brother, Buddy.
"He was a great many things to a great many people while he lived, and virtually all things to his brothers and sisters in our somewhat outsized family. Surely he was all real things to us: our blue-striped unicorn, our double-lensed burning glass, our consultant genius, our portable conscience, our supercargo, and our one full poet..."
The Catcher in the Rye SparkNotes Literature Guide by J.D. Salinger
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- An A+ Essay—an actual literary essay written about the Spark-ed book—to show students how a paper should be written.
- 16 pages devoted to writing a literary essay including: a glossary of literary terms
- Step-by-step tutoring on how to write a literary essay
- A feature on how not to plagiarize
But other magazines were quick to recognize a new talent, a fresh voice at a time when the world verged on madness. Story magazine, an esteemed and influential small circulation journal devoted exclusively to the art of the short story and still active and respected today, was the first publication to publish the name J.D. Salinger and the story “The Young Folks” in 1940, an impressive view of New York’s cocktail society and two young people talking past one another, their conversation almost completely meaningless and empty.
His next short story was published in a college journal, The University of Kansas City Review, “Go See Eddie,” a tale of quiet menace as an unsavory male character gradually turns up the pressure on a young lady to see a man named Eddie. Also published in 1940, the story is notable for the backstory that is omitted – a technique that Hemingway used to great effect.
Four years later toward the end of Salinger’s war experience saw the publication of “Once A Week Won’t Kill You,” again in Story magazine. Ostensibly about a newly minted soldier trying to tell an aging aunt he is going off to war, some may see the story as a metaphor for preparing one’s family for the possibility of wartime death.
Three Early Stories is the first legitimately published book by J.D. Salinger in more than 50 years. Devault-Graves Digital Editions, a publisher that specializes in reprinting the finest in American period literature, is proud to bring you this anthology by one of America’s most innovative and inspiring authors.
É Natal, e Holden Caulfield conseguiu ser expulso de mais uma escola. Com uns trocados da venda de uma máquina de escrever e portando seu indefectível boné vermelho de caçador, o jovem traça um plano incerto: tomar um trem para Nova York e vagar por três dias pela grande cidade, adiando a volta à casa dos pais até que eles recebam a notícia da expulsão por alguém da escola. Seus dias e noites serão marcados por encontros confusos, e ocasionalmente comoventes, com estranhos, brigas com os tipos mais desprezíveis, encontros com ex-namoradas, visitas à sua irmã Phoebe -- a única criatura neste mundo que parece entendê-lo -- e por dúvidas que irão consumi-lo durante sua estadia, entre elas uma questão recorrente: afinal, para onde vão os patos do Central Park no inverno? Acima de todos esses fatos, preocupações e pensamentos, paira a inimitável voz de Holden, o adolescente raivoso e idealista que quer desbancar o mundo dos "fajutos", num turbilhão quase sem fim de ressentimento, humor, frases lapidares, insegurança, bravatas e rebelião juvenil.
Da cultuada "Um dia perfeito para peixes-banana", em que o leitor tem seu primeiro — e impactante — contato com a família Glass, à emocionante "Para Esmé — com amor e sordidez", as histórias aqui reunidas dão a justa medida do talento inesgotável de J. D. Salinger. Poucos escritores souberam capturar com tanta maestria uma época, seus temas e anseios. Neste que é um dos mais célebres e festejados livros da língua inglesa, Salinger deu a seus leitores nove obras-primas da narrativa curta. Ao longo das nove ficções, os Estados Unidos do pós-guerra aparecem com inédito frescor literário conforme acompanhamos os efeitos, às vezes sutis, do conflito na vida de indivíduos e famílias. Mais que isso, Nove histórias traz à tona alguns dos mais marcantes personagens da prosa do século XX, como o misterioso Seymour e a adorável Esmé, bem como pistas importantes para o quebra-cabeça da família Glass, que Salinger continuaria trabalhando em seus próximos livros.