DescriptionJ. D. Salinger. The Catcher in the Rye. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1951.
First edition. Octavo. 277 pages.
Original black cloth with titles stamped in gold on the spine. Light shelf wear to boards with a small stain at the bottom of the rear board. Bump to front board at the foot of the spine. Edges untrimmed. A tight copy in a rather tired first state dust jacket with a reproduction of the Lotte Jacobs portrait of Salinger on the back panel. The jacket is chipped at the edges with some loss at the corners and head and foot of the spine panel. Overall a very good copy.
"If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth." So begins the book that has been the center of controversy in American high schools since 1960. It has the dubious distinction of being the most censored book in schools and libraries across the nation, selling 65 million copies along the way, "for Chrissake".
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