January 28, 2010
J.D. Salinger dies at 91—and was Jewish
“Catcher in the Rye” was a great book, an anthem for teen angst (what a wretched choice of words). But I was always more a fan of “Franny and Zooey;” in fact, it’s among my favorite books.
All I’ve ever known about their author, J.D. Salinger, and all I suspect most people knew about him, was that he was famous for being a great writer and for being more of a hermit than a Tibetan monk.
Based on that, I don’t know what news I found more surprising today: that Salinger had died at the age of 91 or that his father was Jewish and young J.D. had become bar mitzvah. From JTA:
Read the NYT obit here.