The Quest of An Everyday Soccer Mom to Read the Modern Library's 100 Best Fiction Books of the 20th Century.

Friday, January 29, 2010

RIP J.D. Salinger....Jan 1, 1919-Jan 27, 2010

I was very sad to hear last night of the death of J.D. Salinger, author of #64, The Catcher in the Rye, at 91 years old. I remember reading this book both in college and in high school and loving it; who didn't think at that age all adults were 'phony'? :) I already have it on my shelf and am looking forward to reading it as a grown-up.

It's been amazing to me, reading through this list, how many of the authors have already passed away, which I guess is what happens when you're reading a list of books from the last century. I think the only other authors I've read on the list that are still alive are Salman Rushdie and E.L. Doctorow. Having success as a writer and ending up on a list like this is its own immortality, though, isn't it?


  1. Salinger, certainly, will always live on in his books and his myth. He was almost more famous for being a cranky recluse than for his books, which is too bad, even if he did bring it on himself.

    I read Catcher in high school and really should re-read it. I read Franny and Zooey last year and was very moved by it.

  2. Have not read "Franny and Zooey" but always wanted to. Did you review it? Let me know, I would love to read your review. :)