First Edition of Salinger's ClassicJ. D. Salinger. The Catcher in the Rye. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1951.
First edition stated, in the first issue dust jacket with Salinger portrait on back panel. Octavo. 277 pages.
Publisher's black cloth with gilt titles to spine. Gilt dulled. Faint foxing to fore-edge; light thumbsoiling to bottom edge. Offsetting and toning to endpapers, more prominent to rear pastedown. Dust jacket has been professionally restored. Minor toning to spine and rear panel of jacket. Near fine.
Salinger's classic has inspired not only generations of disillusioned youth, it also inspired James Stern to write an unconventional Salinger-esque review in the New York Times Book Review: "This girl Helga, she kills me. She reads just about everything I bring into the house, and a lot of crumby stuff besides. [...] You should've seen old Hel hit the ceiling when I told her this Salinger, he has not only written a novel, it's a Book-of-the-Month Club selection, too. For crying out loud, she said, what's it about? About this Holden Caulfield, I told her [...] he's just like you. He finds the whole world's full of people say one thing and mean another and he doesn't like it; and he hates movies and phony slobs and snobs and crumby books and war. Boy, how he hates war. Just like you, Hel, I said. But old Hel, she was already reading this crazy Catcher book all over again. That's always a good sign with Hel" (New York Times Book Review, July 15, 1951).
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