DescriptionJ. D. Salinger. The Catcher in the Rye. Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1951. First edition in the first state dust jacket. Octavo. 277, [3, blank] pages. Publisher's black cloth, spine stamped in gilt; original illustrated first state dust jacket. Foot of spine just pushed, lightly rubbed spot (20 x 10 mm) to lower board. White endpapers; small effaced penciled bookseller's notations to the front free endpaper recto. Internally clean and tight, all edges trimmed; very light foxing chiefly to the top edge, small spot of soiling to the bottom margin of pages 252-253. Dust jacket unclipped ($3.00); very minor edgewear, small stain (8 mm) to front panel. Housed in custom clamshell case in bright red levant morocco and red cloth, stamped in gilt, and with red cloth chemise. Near fine or better.
A stunning copy, clean and square and with an especially bright, unrestored dust jacket. The Catcher in the Rye is widely regarded as one of the most influential titles of 20th century American Literature and has been featured on nearly every top 100 book list since its publication. From the first it has been especially popular with young men who identify with the novel's sixteen-year-old protagonist and a particular target for censorship due to that same protagonist's language, sexual references, rebellion, and overall behavior and morals.
Despite its longstanding influence and hold on the imaginations of young men the world over, many express curiosity as to why this title has never been adapted to film. Certainly not for a lack of trying, with the likes of Marlon Brando, Jack Nicholson, Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio, John Cusack, and a veritable landslide of directors and producers all vying to bring Holden Caulfield to the big screen. However, Caulfield's first-person narration and disdain for the phony nature of Hollywood would be a significant challenge to adapt faithfully and Salinger's own opinion on a film adaptation is perhaps best expressed with a quote from the book itself. "If there's one thing I hate, it's the movies. Don't even mention them to me."
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