The Catcher in the Rye Through the Lens of American Masters: Salinger

“The Catcher in the Rye,” widely considered one of the best novels of the 20th century, is still hugely popular today. A wide-ranging video collection from American Masters: Salinger offers access to classroom-ready videos and articles drawn from the Series broadcasts and

website.  With this collection students learn about the cultural impact of “The Catcher in the Rye” and the media frenzy that surrounded J.D. Salinger in the early 1960s, Salinger’s purpose for writing “The Catcher in the Rye” and how, by inhabiting his character, Salinger was able to find a compelling authorial voice that allowed him to channel his critique of the adult world.

Students follow not only the rise of his literary work, but also his decline and how his most famous book almost didn’t get published.

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