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The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
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The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger - First edition points of issue.

Year Published: 1951

Publisher: Little Brown & Company

Pages: 277

Price: $3.00

Copyright page: Stated "Copyright 1945, 1946, 1951 by J. D. Salinger" Also stated  "First Edtion"

First Edition Total Publication: Unknown

First Edition Points of Issue:  A first edition dust jacket has a black and white photograph of J. D. Salinger credited to Lotte Jacobi on rear panel  The dust jacket does not have a Book-of-the-Month Club statement on front flap, very uncommon.

Size: 5 1/2 x 8"

Bound: Black cloth boards with decorated stamped and gilt lettering on spine.

Dedication: “To My Mother”

Description:  The Catcher in the Rye is the first novel by J. D. Salinger. Published in the United States in 1951, the novel has been a frequently challenged book because of its liberal use of profanity and portrayal of sexuality and teen angst.

Originally published for adults, the novel has become a common part of high school and college curricula throughout the English-speaking world; it has also been translated into almost all of the world's major languages. round 250,000 copies are sold each year, with total sales of more than 65 million.

The novel was chosen by Time magazine as one of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to the present.

The novel's protagonist, Holden Caulfield, has become an icon for teenage rebellion and defiance. Written in the first person, The Catcher in the Rye follows Holden's experiences in New York City in the days following his expulsion from Pencey Prep, a college preparatory school.


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