Jewish Journal

J.D. Salinger, reknown author, dies at 91 - Was he Jewish?

by JewishJournal.com

January 28, 2010 | 2:28 pm

Author J.D. Salinger died at 91.  He was best known for writing, “The Catcher in the Rye.”

According to the Associated Press:

Salinger died of natural causes at his home on Wednesday, the author’s son said in a statement from Salinger’s literary representative. He had lived for decades in self-imposed isolation in the small, remote house in Cornish, N.H.

But was Salinger Jewish? 

Jewish Virtual Library explains his complicated Jewish background:

J.D. (Jerome David) Salinger was born on January 1, 1919, in Manhattan, New York. He was born to a Jewish father and an Irish Catholic mother. His mother changed her name to Miriam and passed as Jewish when she married; J.D. did not find out that his mother was not Jewish until just after his bar mitzvah.


Tracker Pixel for Entry


We welcome your feedback.

Privacy Policy
Your information will not be shared or sold without your consent. Get all the details.

Terms of Service
JewishJournal.com has rules for its commenting community.Get all the details.

JewishJournal.com reserves the right to use your comment in our weekly print publication.