J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye is one of the mos… view details
J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye is one of the most iconic depictions of adolescence in all of American literature. Often considered the first true picture of the adolescent experience in post-World War II America, Holden Caulfield's experience is both decidedly individual and remarkably universal. However classic Holden Caulfield's experience has become, his story is far from being Salinger's only portrait of the age. For this study we will look both at Catcher in the Rye and at another of Salinger's short works, Franny and Zooey. Both works capture a surprisingly complex picture of adolescents as they struggle with issues of identity in modern America. This program is part of CCPL's partnership with Siegal Lifelong Learning Program.For the first class on April 27th, please read chapters 1-7 of Catcher in the Rye. If you are unable to complete this first reading, please come anyway! You will still be able to follow and participate in the discussion, and any necessary passages will be provided.