J.D. Salinger, the author of “Catcher in the Rye” and maybe the literary world’s most famous recluse, has died.
Salinger, who turned 91 on New Year’s Day, died Wednesday (Jan. 27) of natural causes, the AP reports. He passed away at his home in New Hampshire, where he had spent decades in isolation, fending off curious fans, movie producers and others.
“Catcher in the Rye,” Salinger’s first novel, was published in 1951 to wide acclaim and has been in circulation ever since. It’s become a lit-class staple for generations of high school and college students who dissect antihero Holden Caulfield’s ranting against “phonies” and his desire to escape all their “stupid useless conversations.”