the catcher in the rye

This Is Why I Collect Copies Of  The Catcher In The Rye     On the 65th anniversary of its publication, I wrote about why I own 20 copies of  Catcher :   When I first read it, at 20,  Catcher  was a revelation, but not for the reason you might assume: I fell in love with the language. It is still one of the most exquisitely rendered character studies I’ve ever read. The originality and power and consistency of the voice, so brilliantly controlled, so precisely deployed, not a word out of place. I got goosebumps reading it. It lit a fire in my emerging writer brain:  Oh… that’s how you do that.     Read more .

This Is Why I Collect Copies Of The Catcher In The Rye

On the 65th anniversary of its publication, I wrote about why I own 20 copies of Catcher:

When I first read it, at 20, Catcher was a revelation, but not for the reason you might assume: I fell in love with the language. It is still one of the most exquisitely rendered character studies I’ve ever read. The originality and power and consistency of the voice, so brilliantly controlled, so precisely deployed, not a word out of place. I got goosebumps reading it. It lit a fire in my emerging writer brain: Oh… that’s how you do that.

Read more.

The Face of Holden: Freddie Bartholomew in  Captains Courageous  (1937)  
 In chapter 13 of  The Catcher in the Rye , when Holden is talking with a prostitute named Sunny, she says that Holden looks like the boy who fell off the boat in a movie she saw. 
 That movie, as identified by Peter Beidler in his book  A Reader’s Companion to J.D. Salinger’s “The Catcher in the Rye” , is   Captains Courageous   (1937) starring Spencer Tracy. 
 The boy who fell off the boat was played by child-actor Freddie Bartholomew. Based on the reference from the book, Bartholomew was Salinger’s model for Holden Caulfield. 
  Here’s a picture of the actor closer to Holden’s age . 
  Is this the face you had in mind? Let me know in the comments.

The Face of Holden: Freddie Bartholomew in Captains Courageous (1937)

In chapter 13 of The Catcher in the Rye, when Holden is talking with a prostitute named Sunny, she says that Holden looks like the boy who fell off the boat in a movie she saw.

That movie, as identified by Peter Beidler in his book A Reader’s Companion to J.D. Salinger’s “The Catcher in the Rye”, is Captains Courageous (1937) starring Spencer Tracy.

The boy who fell off the boat was played by child-actor Freddie Bartholomew. Based on the reference from the book, Bartholomew was Salinger’s model for Holden Caulfield.

Here’s a picture of the actor closer to Holden’s age.

Is this the face you had in mind? Let me know in the comments.