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    J. D. Salinger. The Catcher in the Rye. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1951. First edition stated. Original first issue dust jacket (heavily chipped).

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    J. D. Salinger. The Catcher in the Rye. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1951. First edition stated. Octavo. 277 pages. Publisher's black cloth with gilt titles to spine. Original first issue dust jacket with Salinger portrait on back panel credited to Lotte Jacobi. Abrading to extremities. Rubbing and soiling to the boards. Spine gilt almost completely rubbed away. Previous ownership ink signature to the front free endpaper. Binding cracked after the last page of text. Light dust-soiling to the text. The price-clipped dust jacket has considerable loss, missing a large half-moon portion from the rear panel and about two-thirds of the spine, and has separated into three pieces. Front flap fold split about halfway up from the bottom. A good copy in a fair jacket.

     

    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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