J. D. Salinger

J. D. Salinger was an American writer known for his widely read novel 'The Catcher in the Rye'. Born on January 1, 1919, in New York City, he gained fame for his unique narrative style and themes of innocence, identity, belonging, loss, and connection. Despite his early success, Salinger became reclusive later in life, publishing his last original work in 1965 and giving his last interview in 1980. He passed away on January 27, 2010.


This list of books are ONLY the books that have been ranked on the lists that are aggregated on this site. This is not a comprehensive list of all books by this author.

  1. 1. The Catcher in the Rye

    The novel follows the story of a teenager named Holden Caulfield, who has just been expelled from his prep school. The narrative unfolds over the course of three days, during which Holden experiences various forms of alienation and his mental state continues to unravel. He criticizes the adult world as "phony" and struggles with his own transition into adulthood. The book is a profound exploration of teenage rebellion, alienation, and the loss of innocence.

  2. 2. Nine Stories

    "Nine Stories" is a collection of short stories that delve into the complex inner lives of a variety of characters, often exploring themes of innocence, alienation, and the loss of innocence. Each story is unique, offering a glimpse into a different world or situation, but all are marked by the author's distinctive narrative voice and his ability to create compelling, deeply human characters. From a young boy dealing with the death of his brother to a World War II veteran struggling with PTSD, the stories are both profound and deeply affecting.

  3. 3. Franny and Zooey

    The book is a two-part narrative focusing on the siblings Franny and Zooey Glass. Franny, a college student, is experiencing a spiritual and existential breakdown, questioning the value of her education and the authenticity of the world around her. Zooey, her older brother and a former child prodigy, attempts to guide her through her crisis, using their shared experiences and the teachings of their older brothers. The book explores themes of spirituality, family dynamics, and the struggle for authenticity in a superficial world.

  4. 4. Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters: And, Seymour, an Introduction

    The book is a collection of two novellas, both narrated by Buddy Glass, a character who also appears in other works by the same author. The first story, "Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters," is set during World War II and focuses on the wedding day of Buddy's older brother Seymour, who fails to show up. The second story, "Seymour, an Introduction," is Buddy's homage to his brother, exploring his character, their relationship, and Seymour's influence on Buddy's life and writing. The book delves into themes of spirituality, family dynamics, and the nature of art and artists.