"I'm the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life."
CATCHER IN THE RYE
By J.D. Salinger
First issue of this enduring portrait of adolescent angst, a beautiful copy in a professionally restored dust jacket.
Near fine in very good plus jacket.
CATCHER IN THE RYE
"Grand. There's a word I really hate. It's a phoney. I could puke every time I hear it."
Divisive since it was published (when James Stern famously mocked CATCHER in his NEW YORK TIMES review by writing in the voice of Haulden Caufield), Salinger's novel of a teen's adventures and alienations in New York City remains equally beloved and denounced. One of the most widely banned books ever published, it has been both scapegoated as a template for deranged gunman (like Mark David Chapman) and praised as a "perfect book" (Adam Gopnik). These tensions continue to drive its popularity and importance, and CATCHER regularly appears on the lists of the best novels of the 20th century. A nice copy of this controversial classic.
Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1951. 7.75'' x 5''. Original full black cloth, gilt-lettered spine. Original unclipped ($3.00) red pictorial dust jacket designed by Michael Mitchell. , 277,  pages. Faint residue from bookplate removed from endpaper, expert restoration to jacket.
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