By Keith Dromm, Heather Salter
Few novels have had extra effect on participants and literary tradition than J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher within the Rye. released in 1951 and meant by means of Salinger for adults (early drafts have been released within the New Yorker and Colliers), the radical fast grew to become championed via early life who pointed out with the awkwardness and alienation of the novel’s protagonist, Holden Caulfield. considering that then the booklet and its reclusive writer were furniture of either well known and literary tradition. Catcher is likely to be the single sleek novel that's respected both by way of the numerous americans whom Holden Caulfield helped via highschool and puberty and literary critics (such because the New Yorker’s Adam Gopnik who insisted as lately as 2010 that Catcher is a "perfect" twentieth-century novel).
One premise of The Catcher within the Rye and Philosophy is that the benefit and sincerity with which readers determine with Holden Caulfield rests on Salinger’s cognizance to the nuances and characteristics of expertise within the smooth international. Coupled with Salinger’s deft subjective, first-person sort, Holden involves appear extra genuine than any fictional personality may still. This and different paradoxes raised through the radical are taken care of by means of authors who locate solutions in philosophy, relatively in twentieth-century phenomenology and existentialism--areas of philosophy that percentage Salinger’s awareness to lived, in place of theorized, event. Holden’s preoccupation with “phonies,” with his consistent striving to interpret and decide the explanations and ideology of these round him, additionally faucets into modern curiosity in philosophical theories of justice and Harry Frankfurt’s lately celebrated research of "bullshit."
Per Salinger’s request, Catcher hasn't ever been made right into a motion picture. One degree of the devotion and fanatical curiosity Catcher keeps to encourage, even though, is theory in blogs and magazines approximately even if motion picture rights may possibly turn into on hand within the wake of Salinger’s loss of life in 2010. those articles stay only hypothetical, however the questions they inspire--Who could direct? And, specially, Who might megastar as Holden Caulfield?--are as vibrant and genuine as Holden himself.