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J.D. Salinger (Jerome David Salinger) was born in 1919 and raised in New York City. After briefly attending New York and Columbia Universities, Salinger concentrated on writing. He won early acclaim for his short stories, which he began submitting to the New Yorker magazine before he was drafted into the army in 1942. The Catcher in the Rye, his only novel, gained immediate popular success upon publication in 1951 and continues to be widely read internationally. Responding to the overwhelming attention. Salinger became famously reclusive, publishing his last original work in 1965. He gave his final interview in 1980, nearly thirty years before his death in early 2010.

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